On the topic of
JW's and the Real
JW's a Non-prophet
The Witness at
The Witness Goes
(JW Child custody
Scriptural! so said the
If you are talking with any Jehovah's
Witnesses today and get on the topic of Christ's return they
will quickly tell you that he returned in 1914. If asked how
come no one else knows this important fact they will tell
you that you must have "eyes of understanding" because He
came back invisibly. Where do you get these "eyes" no one
knows, and also if He was invisible how would anyone know
In any case this is a major doctrine
of the organization and any doubt on this important event
undermines their credibility in every other area of their
teachings. For such a major doctrine one would think there
would be volumes of evidence from that time period. If any
one should know and be absolutely sure it surely should have
been the President of the Society. Lets see what he said on
the topic and apply a common sense look at the issue to see
if it could be true.
Questions to ask
believe and base many of your main doctrinal teachings on
the fact that Christ returned in 1914, is that
Yes they will reply.
do have a scriptural basis for this event do
Yes they will reply.
was the President of the organization at that
Judge J.F. Rutherford they will tell you if they know.
They may have to look up their own history if they are
new to the organization.
1929 after 1914?
Yes of course they will reply.
you ever read Rutherford's book "Prophecy" published by
Most will not have read it.
Lets look at what
the president (Rutherford) said in
scriptural proof is that the second presence of the Lord
Jesus Christ began in 1874 A.D."
See the scanned
page copies below. Also interestingly, the Society sold
these books as "Spiritual Food" and advertised them on their
order forms as late as the early 50's. So much for their
"eyes of understanding".
cover page (note
published then look at what he said on page
anyone thinks this was the only place they made
this claim lets look at a few other places they
made the same claims.
The Watchtower Reprints, October 1890, p.1243
- "The Millennium of peace and blessing would be
introduced by forty years of trouble, beginning slightly
in 1874 and increasing until social chaos should prevail
The Watchtower Reprints, January 15, 1892, p.1355
- "The date of the close of that 'battle' is definitely
marked in Scripture as October, 1914. It is already in
progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874."
The Watchtower Reprints, July 15, 1894, p.1675
- "For instance, as we look back and note that the
Scriptures marked 1873 as the end of six thousand years
from Adam to the beginning of the seventh thousand, and
the fall of 1874 as the beginning of the forty-year
harvest of the Gospel age and day of wrath from the
overthrow of all the institutions of 'this present evil
world (or order of affairs),' we can see that facts have
well borne out those predictions of Scripture."
The Watchtower Reprints, July 15, 1905, p. 3576
- Charts showing 1874 date. The Battle of Armageddon,
(SS-4), 1912 ed., p. 621
- "Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since
October 1874, A. D. according to the testimony of the
prophets, to those who have ears to hear it..."
The Watchtower, September 15, 1922, p. 278
- "No one can properly understand the work of Godas
this present time who does not realize that since 1874,
the time of the Lord's return in power, there has been a
complete change in God's operations."
The Watchtower, March 1, 1923, p. 67
- " The Scriptures show that his second presence was
due in 1874. This proof shows that the Lord has been
present since 1874."
The Watchtower, January 1, 1924, p. 5
- "Surely there is not the slightest room for doubt in
the mind of a truly consecrated child of God that the
Lord Jesus is present and has been since 1874..."