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Examining Matthew 24, Part 9: Exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Generation Doctrine as False

For over 100 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting that Armageddon is just around the corner, based largely on their interpretation of Matthew 24:34 which speaks of a “generation” that will see both the end and the beginning of the last days. The question is, are they getting it wrong about which last days Jesus was referring to? Is there a way to determine the answer from Scripture in a way that leaves no room for doubt. Indeed, there is as this video will demonstrate.

Identifying True Worship, Part 4: Examining Matthew 24:34 Exegetically

It's all well and good to tear down a false doctrine like the JW overlapping generations interpretation of Matthew 24:34—as we did in a previous video—but Christian love should always move us to build up.  So after clearing away the debris of false teachings that have...

“This Generation” – Tying Up Loose Ends

Who is Jesus referring to at Matthew 24:33? Does the great tribulation of Matthew 24:21 have a secondary fulfillment In our previous article, This Generation – A Modern-Day Fulfillment, we found that the only conclusion that was consistent with the evidence was that...

This Generation – A Modern Day Fulfillment?

In a previous article, we were able to establish that in all likelihood Jesus was referring to the wicked generation of Jews of his day when he gave his disciples the assurance found at Matthew 24:34. (See This Generation’ – A Fresh Look) While a careful review of the...

“This Generation” – A Fresh Look

“Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Mt 24:34) If you scan the "This Generation" category on this site, you'll see various attempts by myself and Apollos to come to terms with the meaning of Matthew...

The Slow Crumbling of Credibility

[This article was contributed by Andere Stimme] A few years ago, when the Book Study arrangement was canceled, some friends of mine and I were discussing our theories as to why.  It went without saying that the real reason was not one of the ones in the letter, and it...

When is a Refinement not a Refinement?

“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” (Pr 4:18 NWT) Another way to cooperate with Christ’s “brothers” is to have a positive attitude toward any refinements in our understanding of...

This Generation – A New Premise

“I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Mat. 24:34 NET Bible) At that time Jesus said, "I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and intellectual and have...

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...

Why “This Generation” Cannot Refer to the Jewish People

My brother Apollos makes some excellent points in his post “This Generation” and the Jewish People.  It challenges the key conclusion drawn in my previous post, “This Generation”—Getting All the Pieces to Fit.  I appreciate Apollos’ attempt to present an alternate...

“This Generation”—Getting All the Pieces to Fit

"…when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” –  Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Among competing theories, the one requiring the fewest assumptions should be preferred.” – Occam’s...

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...

State of Fear

With presumptuousness the prophet spoke it. You must not get frightened at him. (Deut. 18:22) It is a time honored truth that one of the best ways for a human ruler to control a population is to keep them in fear.  In totalitarian regimes, people are afraid of the...

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...

This Generation—Altering the Premise

Synopsis There are three assertions regarding the meaning of Jesus words in Mt. 24:34,35 which we will endeavor to support both logically and Scripturally in this post.  They are: As used at Mt. 24:34, ‘generation’ is to be understood by its conventional definition....

“This Generation” – 2010 Interpretation Examined

We recently had our 2012 service year circuit assembly. There was a four-part symposium on Sunday morning dealing with the sanctification of God's name. The second part was entitled, "How Can We Sanctify God's Name By Our Speech". It included a demonstration wherein...

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