Watchtower False Prophecies
Prophecy Fact Sheet
Deut. 18:20-22 says “But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. And if you say in your heart, How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoke it presumptuously: you shall not be afraid of him.
1972 IDENTIFYING THE PROPHET -- So, does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative Who is the Prophet? This prophet was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian witnesses- - Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a `prophet' of God- It is another thing to prove it.”
WATCHTOWER 4/1/72 (sea Deut.- 8:21)
1889 “...the 'battle of the great day of God Almighty' (Rev. 16:14), which will end in AD 1914 with the complete overthrow of the earth's present rulership, is already commenced.”
THE TIME IS AT HAND pg. 101 (1908 edition)
1897 “Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874 AD, according to the testimony of the prophets to those who have ears to hear it;”
STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, VOL. 4 p. 621
1916 “The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great thousand-year Days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great Seventh Day, the thousand years of Christ's Reign, began in 1873
THE TIME IS AT HAND p.2 (forward)
1920 “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 chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection
MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE p. 89
1922 “The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel. Viewing the present situation in Europe, one wonders how it will be possible to hold back the explosion much longer; and that even before 1925 the great crises will be reached and probably passed.”
WT 9/1/22 p.262
1923 “Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures, marking the end of the typical jubilee
WT 4/1/23 p. 106
1925 “ The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during the year. This may be accomplished. It may not. In his own due time God will accomplish his purposes concerning his people. Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire during this year that they would fail to joyfully do what the Lord would have them do.
WT 1/1/25 p.3
Sept. 1925 “It is to be expected that Satan will try to inject into the minds of the consecrated the thought that 1925 should see an end of the work, and therefore it would he needless for them to do more.”
WT p. 262
1931 “There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1914, 1918 and 1925 which disappointment lasted for a time. Later the faithful learned that these dates were definitely fixed in the Scriptures; and they also learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date.”
VINDICATION VOL. 1 P. 338
1941 “Receiving the gift, the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure but the Lord's provided instrument for the most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon.
WT 9 /15/41 p. 288
1968 "True, there have been those in times past who predicted an `end to the world', even announcing a specific date. Yet, nothing happened. The 'end' did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? Missing was the full measure of evidence required in fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Missing from such people were God's truths and evidence that he was guiding and using them.
AWAKE 10/8/68 p.23 (See Luke 21:8)
1968 “WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO 1975?”
THE WATCHTOWER 8/15/68 p. 494