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Monday, March 3, 2014

1925 - Did Jehovah's Witnesses Really Directly State That Armageddon Would Come in That Year?

Though some falsely accuse Jehovah's Witnesses of predicting that Armageddon would come in the year 1925, Jehovah's Witnesses have never directly stated that Armageddon would arrive in the year 1925 for they understand the words of Jesus when he said that, “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father." (Mt. 24:36)

Some have challenged the above statement. However the statement is true: "Jehovah's Witnesses have never DIRECTLY STATED THAT Armageddon would arrive in the year 1925." Some seem to confuse (deliberately?) the quote from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS) publication, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, on p. 89 as a direct statement that Armageddon would come in that year. The quote is as follows:

"Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection," (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p. 89).

The publication, Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom explains this quote:

"In the lecture “Millions Now Living Will Never Die,” delivered by J. F. Rutherford on March 21, 1920, at the Hippodrome in New York City, attention was directed to the year 1925. On what basis was it thought to be significant? In a booklet published in that same year, 1920, it was pointed out that if 70 full Jubilees were calculated from what was understood to be the date when Israel entered the Promised Land (instead of starting after the last typical Jubilee before the Babylonian exile and then counting to the beginning of the Jubilee year at the end of the 50th cycle), this could point to the year 1925. On the basis of what was said there, many hoped that perhaps the remaining ones of the little flock would receive their heavenly reward by 1925. This year also was associated with expectations for resurrection of faithful pre-Christian servants of God with a view to their serving on earth as princely representatives of the heavenly Kingdom. If that really occurred, it would mean that mankind had entered an era in which death would cease to be master, and millions then living could have the hope of never dying off the earth. What a happy prospect! THOUGH MISTAKEN, they eagerly shared it with others."
For more concerning Dates and Jehovah's Witnesses, see:

DATES (Calendar) - Links to Information (INDEX; Watchtower Online Library)

Did the Organization of Jehovah's Witnesses Ever Say That Armageddon Was Definitely Going to Come In 1975? (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

1975 and Jehovah's Witnesses - The Opposers' Claims Vs. The Facts (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Dates (1914; 1975) (Defend Jehovah's Witnesses)

Seven Times - The Times of The Gentiles (Pastor Russell)

'False Prophet' Claim and Jerusalem 607 B.C.E. (Search For Bible Truths)

"The JW organization itself didn't actively promote 1975 as a definite date for Armageddon by any means." (Jehovah's Witnesses Questions and Answers)

(To those who are not Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs), please remember that if you are looking for the authoritative information about the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society's (WTBTS) Bible-based beliefs and practices, you should look to our OFFICIAL WEBSITE at Numerous publications as well as the New World Translation Bible (NWT) and the very useful Watchtower Online Library can be found there.)


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