Yes, I can see where they did excite the sentiments of the JWs at that time period to becoming more involved in Kingdom Service, but they also did likewise in Russell's day when they said the end would come in 1914, as taught in SITS, volume 3, Thy Kingdom Come, and others. It is sad that many sold their homes and jumped ship in hopes of the end when the Scriptures clearly showed that 'no man knows the hour', and I wish there was some way the Society would make it up to those who thus made such mistakes in future planning, but they have not. I'm certain of this that they, those living at that time and those now living who knew of this, will given an account of their dealings with Jehovah Himself at the judgement bar of God.
I will leave the judging of the Society to Jehovah, as I am dedicating myself to Him and not to an organization, although I do believe that the Society is the publishing arm used by Jehovah to dispense Bible truths to the world of mankind at this time. My wife and I await the time, in God's new system, when we will be able to have perfect health again, and to actually be able to have children, health reasons having prevented us from having any natural children during this system of things.
If you want to go following other gods and believing in hell-fire and damnation, and the immortal soul and the trinity all the lies of Christendom, by all means, go ahead, but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah amongst Jehovah's dedicated people, and we've found no more dedicated people than the JWs. I also used to be a Baptist preacher, and completed four years of seminary, and at the time I graduated high school, I was attending this fundamental, King James only, hell-fire damnation Baptist church in rural south Georgia, and when I graduated I got offere 5 FULL-PAID scholarships to FIVE presitgious universities, but my pastor- one man without an organization, who has such sway over me, discouraged me from attending college as all five of these school were 'liberal and apostate' in his eyes, so I turned down all these schoarships, only to realize later that I had been dupped, much like those in the situation you've described, and when I confronted this preacher about why he discouraged me from going to college, he denied it and said he never did such a thing, but it was TOO LATE, the scholarships were GONE, I had to join the Navy and make my way through college that way, I graduated with my Bachelors in Science in Information Technology Management in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA, straight A's all four years of college, I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I can honestly say that a majority of my papers, probably about 90 percent of them had quotes in them from the Watchtower and Awake! magazines of 2005-2007 and so these magazines were source materials for much of my college papers and I am thankful to the Watchtower for producing such fine literature that not only dispenses Bible truth, but also helps college students get passing grades! I'm not dummie, I have a degree, and I hope to complete my Master's before I retire from the U.S. Navy and then get baptized, so I won't be an idiot, but I will ask all the questions NOW, before I get baptized so I won't bet disfellowshipped afterwards.
Thank you one and all!