This week's headliner on jw dot org poses the question posted in the title. The Watchtower has certainly had a lot to say about the end. Going back to the beginning in 1878 the WT has been calling for the end. The end was supposed to come in 1914. It didn't. After more than a decade of contemplating their 1914 belly flop the Watchtower hit on the idea to make 1914 the beginning of the end. So, for the past 109 years, the world has supposedly been in its last days. But instead of being in the time of the end, now we are deeeeep in the time of the end.
There are other phrases used in the Bible to mark off a special time. The expression "time of the end" is used exclusively in the prophecy of Daniel. "The Final part of the days" is used in Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Micah, and Hosea. The New World Translation uses the term "conclusion of the system" to translate what Jesus said on the topic.
Since it is obvious that the final part of the days, the time of the end, the last days as well as the conclusion, are periods of time and not a singular day, the more pertinent and vital question is not allowed to be considered. In fact, it is regarded as an act of apostasy to question if the time of the end really began in 1914. The Watchtower has built its house on 1914. It is sacred ground. The foundation must not be disturbed. Any shift of the cornerstone would topple the structure. Besides, the exalted John class surely knows. Jehovah would never let them get it wrong. All JWs instinctively know that if 1914 is wrong then everything will come unglued and fall apart.
Except, the Watchtower has always been wrong about 1914. Never mind the fact that Armageddon did not occur in 1914 and untold numbers of Bible Students and interested persons were stumbled as a result. The stumbling block remains intact. It has only grown larger and larger over the decades as the GB have doubled down. Incredibly, the sanctity of 1914 rests largely on the stitched-together chronology. But as I have proven conclusively, the appointed times of the nations could not possibly have begun in 607 BCE., which is the anchor point for the 2,520 days-turned-years. No matter.
The article cites a sliver of Jesus' comment in Mark regarding no one knowing the day and hour except the Father. But is it the day and hour of the end of the world? Of course not. Read the context. In full, Jesus said: “Concerning that day or the hour nobody knows, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but the Father. Keep looking, keep awake, for you do not know when the appointed time is. It is like a man traveling abroad who left his house and gave the authority to his slaves, to each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to keep on the watch. Keep on the watch, therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether late in the day or at midnight or before dawn or early in the morning, in order that when he comes suddenly, he does not find you sleeping. But what I say to you, I say to all: Keep on the watch." - Mark 13:32-37
If 1914 were the year that Jesus began ruling in his Kingdom then according to his illustration above that would be when the man who had traveled abroad finally returned to inspect his house and reward or punish those left in charge. That is what Jesus charged his slaves to keep on the watch for. That is why for 70 years the WT claimed that the master had come and appointed the faithful slave over all of his belongings and dismissed the evil slave back in the 1914-1919 period. Except, the GB dropped that back in 2013; I suspect due to the information I presented to them in the first edition of Jehovah Himself Has Become King published in 2005.
Sober-minded watchers surely know that the coming of the master for inspection is not the end. It will be the beginning of the time of the end, the conclusion of the system, when Jesus sends out his harvester angels and uproots the weeds, Satan's agents, out from his Kingdom.
The article has a bullet point that says the end will be the end of religions that have failed God. How true that is. And no religious institution has failed Jehovah to the extent of the Watchtower. Sure, they have published millions of Bibles and books and magazines, but they have not been true to God. Laughably, the article quotes Jeremiah 5:31, which says: "The prophets prophesy lies, and the priests dominate by their own authority. And my own people love it that way. But what will you do when the end comes?”
We have to assume that God knows who his people are. Didn't the apostle assure us that Jehovah knows those who belong to him? So, if God refers to a group as "my own people" and since Jehovah's Witnesses call themselves God's own people, the question is directed to Jehovah's Witnesses and its leadership. Since 1914 is a provable lie and there are innumerable lies and fabrications attached to it, I will rephrase the question: What will you do when Christ comes and the end begins?
A continuation of the Jeremiah series One of the last things Jesus said before he ascended back to heaven, he assured his followers that he would be with them all the days until the conclusion of the system, or the end
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