Still valid components. the GT is still mentioned 13 times in 2003, the same amount of times in the last 5 years. The WTS has backed off identifying the scarlet-colored wild beast as the UN and has backed off saying that the League of Nations stood in a holy place back in 1918.
Cry of peace and security
Governments (used to say from the UN but have backed off that) attack Babylon the Great (false religion per WTS)(beginning of great tribulation)
Governments see that WTS is still standing and attack WTS (Gog of Magog/Satan prophecy)
Like touching God's eyeball so he directs Jesus, the angels, and the 144,000 in heaven to destory the wicked (Armageddon)
*** w03 6/1 p. 19 Stand Still and See the Salvation of Jehovah! ***
Gog?s attack will cause God?s enthroned King to take action and wage the war of Armageddon. (Revelation 16:14, 16) Those who have refused to acknowledge Jehovah?s sovereignty will suffer destruction.
During the upcoming great tribulation, culminating in Armageddon, Christ will war against all evil.
Gog of Magog is identified as Satan the Devil in his debased position since 1914. As a spirit creature, he cannot carry out his attack directly, but he will use human agencies to do his deeds. Who will these human agencies be? The Bible does not give us details, yet it does give us certain indications that can help us to identify who they will be. As world events unfold in fulfillment of Bible prophecies, we will gradually get an ever clearer picture. Jehovah?s people avoid speculation but remain spiritually alert, fully aware of political and religious developments that fit into the framework of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
*** w03 12/1 p. 29 Questions From Readers ***
The modern-day watchman class, anointed Christians, have been warning about the doom of Christendom, antitypical Jerusalem. When the "great tribulation" strikes and devastates "Babylon the Great," the world empire of false religion, the anointed Ezekiel class will need to say nothing more about the demise of Christendom, which constitutes a major part of that empire.?Matthew 24:21; Revelation 17:1, 2, 5.
*** w00 10/15 pp. 15-16 What God?s Kingdom Will Do ***
Marking this transition will be the period of time that Jesus called the "great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world?s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again." (Matthew 24:21) The Bible does not say how long that time period is to be, but the calamities that are to take place during it will be worse than anything the world has ever seen. At the beginning of the great tribulation, something will happen that will be a severe shock to most people on earth: the destruction of all false religion. That will not be a shock to Jehovah?s Witnesses, for they have long anticipated this. (Revelation 17:1, 15-17; 18:1-24) The great tribulation ends at Armageddon when God?s Kingdom crushes the entire Satanic system.?Daniel 2:44; Revelation 16:14, 16.
*** w99 5/1 p. 17 "Let the Reader Use Discernment" ***
Revelation depicts "a scarlet-colored wild beast" that exists for a time, disappears, and then returns. (Revelation 17:3, 8) This beast is supported by world rulers. Details supplied in the prophecy help us to identify this symbolic beast as a peace organization that came into existence in 1919 as the League of Nations (a "disgusting thing") and that is now the United Nations. Revelation 17:16, 17 shows that God will yet put it into the hearts of certain human rulers who are prominent in this "beast" to desolate the world empire of false religion. That attack marks the outbreak of the great tribulation.
*** w99 5/1 pp. 17-18 "Let the Reader Use Discernment" ***
Since the start of the great tribulation is yet future, is the "standing in a holy place" still ahead of us? Evidently so.(NEW THOUGHT) While "the disgusting thing" made its appearance early in this century and has, thus, existed for decades, it will take a position in a unique way "in a holy place" in the near future. As first-century followers of Christ must have keenly watched to see how the "standing in a holy place" would develop, so do present-day Christians. Admittedly, we will have to wait for the actual fulfillment to know all the details. Yet, it is noteworthy that in some lands there is already a detectable and growing antipathy toward religion. Some political elements, in league with former Christians who have deviated from the true faith, are promoting hostility against religion in general and true Christians in particular. (Psalm 94:20, 21; 1 Timothy 6:20, 21) Consequently, political powers even now "battle with the Lamb," and as Revelation 17:14 indicates, this fight will intensify. While they cannot literally get their hands on the Lamb of God?Jesus Christ in his exalted, glorified state?they will further vent their opposition against God?s true worshipers, his "holy ones" in particular. (Daniel 7:25; compare Romans 8:27; Colossians 1:2; Revelation 12:17.) We have divine assurance that the Lamb and those with him will be victorious.?Revelation 19:11-21.