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Examining Matthew 24, Part 8: Pulling the Linchpin from the 1914 Doctrine

As hard as it may be to believe, the entire foundation of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses is based on the interpretation of a single Bible verse. If the understanding they have of that verse can be shown to be wrong, their entire religious identity goes away. This video will examine that Bible verse and put the foundational doctrine of 1914 under a scriptural microscope.

A Journey of Discovery through Time – Part 7

This is the seventh and final article in our series concluding our “Journey of Discovery through Time”. This will review the discoveries of signposts and landmarks we saw during our journey and the conclusions we can draw from them. It will also briefly discuss the...

A Journey of Discovery through Time – Part 6

The Journey Draws to a Close, but Discoveries still Continue This sixth article in our series will continue on our “Journey of Discovery Through Time” started in the previous two articles using the signposts and environment information we have gleaned from the...

A Journey of Discovery through Time – Part 5

The Journey Continues - Yet more Discoveries This fifth article in our series will continue on our “Journey of Discovery Through Time” started in the previous article using the signposts and environment information we have gleaned from the summaries of Bible Chapters...

A Journey of Discovery Through Time – Part 3

This third article will conclude establishing the signposts we will need on our “Journey of Discovery through Time”. It covers the time period from the 19th year of Jehoiachin’s exile to the 6th Year of Darius the Persian (Great). There is then a review of the...

Learning How to Fish: The Benefits of Exegetical Bible Study

Hello. My name is Eric Wilson. And today I'm going to teach you how to fish. Now you may think that's odd because  you probably started this video thinking it's on the Bible. Well, it is. There is an expression: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; but teach...

A Journey of Discovery Through Time – Part 2

Arranging Summaries of Key Bible Chapters in Chronological Order[i] Theme Scripture: Luke 1:1-3 In our introductory article we laid the groundwork rules and mapped out the destination of our “Journey of Discovery Through Time”. Establishing Signposts and Landmarks In...

A Journey of Discovery Through Time – An Introduction – (Part 1)

Theme scripture: “But let God be found true, though every man be found a liar”. Romans 3:4 1.     What is “A Journey of Discovery Through Time”? “A Journey of Discovery Through Time” is a series of articles examining the events recorded in the Bible during the...

Identifying True Worship, Part 6: 1914 – Empirical Evidence

A second look at 1914, this time examining the evidence the Organization claims is there to support the belief that Jesus began ruling in the heavens in 1914. https://youtu.be/M0P2vrUL6Mo Video Transcript Hello, my name is Eric Wilson. This is the second video in our...

Identifying True Worship, Part 5: 1914 – Examining the Chronology

https://youtu.be/BYaWgwakaVA Video Script Hello. Eric Wilson again.  This time we're looking at 1914. Now, 1914 is a very important doctrine for Jehovah's Witnesses.  It is a core doctrine.  Some might disagree.  There was a recent Watchtower about core doctrines and...

1914 – What's the Problem?

Increasingly, brothers and sisters in the organization are having serious doubts about, or even a complete disbelief in, the doctrine of 1914. Yet some have reasoned that even if the organization is wrong, Jehovah is allowing the error for the present time and we...

WT Study: Keep in Expectation

[From ws15/08 p. 14 for Oct. 5 -11] “Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it!” – Hab. 2:3 Jesus repeatedly told us to keep on the watch and be in expectation of his return. (Mt. 24:42; Lu 21:34-36) However, he also warned us about false prophets promoting...

TV.JW.ORG, A Missed Opportunity

“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU.. . .” (Mt 28:19, 20) Short of the command to love one...

When Did God’s Kingdom Begin Ruling? – Part 2

Part 1 of this series appeared in the October 1, 2014 Watchtower. If you have not read our post commenting on that first article, it might be beneficial to do so before proceeding with this one. The November issue under discussion here reviews the math by which we...

WT Study: “Let Your Kingdom Come” But When?

[Watchtower study for the week of March 31, 2014 – w14 1/15 p.27] The title of this week’s study highlights one of the key problems affecting Jehovah’s Witnesses as a religion from the days of Russell when we were known simply as Bible students. It is our obsession...

Artfully Contrived Stories

(2 Peter 1:16-18) . . .No, it was not by following artfully contrived false stories that we acquainted YOU with the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it was by having become eyewitnesses of his magnificence. 17 For he received from God the Father honor...

The Devil's Great Con Job

Why do we hold on to 1914 so tenaciously?  Is it not because a war broke out in that year?   A really big war, at that. In fact, “the war to end all wars.”  Challenge 1914 to the average Witness and they won’t come at you with counter-arguments about the end of the...

No One Knows the Day or Hour—Until Now

“Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mat. 24:36) “It does not belong to YOU to get knowledge of the times or seasons which the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction…” (Acts 1:7) You might...

The Annual Meeting and the NWT Edition 2013

Well, the annual meeting is behind us. Many of the brothers and sisters are very excited with the new Bible. It is a beautiful piece of printing, no doubt. We have not had much time to review it, but what we have seen so far seems positive for the most part. It is a...

1914 – The Return of the King?

“Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?” (Acts 1:6) That kingdom ended when the Jews were taken into exile in Babylon.  No longer did a descendant from the royal line of King David rule over a free and independent nation of Israel.  The apostles...

Stay in Jehovah’s Valley of Protection – Recap

We’re taking a break from our four-part review of the July 15, 2013 issue of The Watchtower to recap the study article for this week.  We already dealt with this article in depth in a November post. However, one of the key points of this new understanding is so...

Wars and Reports of Wars — A Red Herring?

One of our regular readers submitted this interesting alternative take to our understanding of Jesus' words found at Mt. 24:4-8.  I am posting it here with the reader's permission. ---------------------------- Start of Email ---------------------------- Hello Meleti,...

Daniel and the 1,290 and 1,335 Days

This week’s Bible reading covers Daniel chapters 10 to 12.  The final verses of chapter 12 contain one of the more enigmatic passages in Scripture. To set the scene, Daniel has just finished the extensive prophecy of the Kings of the North and South. The final verses...

1914 – A Litany of Assumptions

[For the original treatise on the whether 1914 was the start of Christ's presence, see this post.] I was talking with a long-time friend a couple of days ago who served with me many years back in a foreign assignment.  His loyalty to Jehovah and his organization is...

1914—Pulling the Linchpin

Sir Isaac Newton published his laws of motion and universal gravitation in the late 1600s. These laws are still valid today and scientists used them to achieve the pinpoint landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars just two weeks ago.  For centuries, these few laws...

This Generation—The Backlash

There can be no disputing that there has been organization-wide resistance to the latest interpretation of Mt. 24:34.  Being faithful and obedient Witnesses, this has taken the form of a quiet distancing of ourselves from the doctrine.  Most don't want to talk about...

Was 1914 a Coincidence?

In other posts, we have postulated that the start of WWI in 1914 was a coincidence.  After all, if you speculate on enough dates—which we did in Russell's day, albeit with the best of intentions—you are bound to get lucky every once in a while.  Therefore, the start...

1914 – More Proof It Doesn't Work

There is a contradiction in our prophetic interpretation involving 1914 that only just occurred to me.  We believe that 1914 is the end of the appointed times of the nations, or the Gentile times (Luke 21:24) . . .and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations,...

Great Signs and Wonders – When?

Okay, this one gets a little confusing, so bear with me. Let's start by reading Matthew 24:23-28, and when you do, ask yourself when are these words fulfilled? (Matthew 24:23-28) “Then if anyone says to YOU, ‘Look! Here is the Christ,’ or, ‘There!’ do not believe it....

The Last Days, Revisited

[Note: I’ve already touched on some of these subjects in another post, but from a different viewpoint.] When Apollo first suggested to me that 1914 was not the end of the “appointed times of the nations”, my immediate thought was, What about the last days?  It is...

Was 1914 the Start of Christ's Presence?

If we have such a thing as a sacred cow in Jehovah’s organization, it has to be the belief that Christ’s invisible presence began in 1914.  This belief was so important that for decades our banner publication was titled, The Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s...

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