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Jesus Invisibly Sets his New Kingdom up on Earth

The first of many key dates that formed the Watchtower’s initial doctrines was that of 1874. It was this date that they believed and taught Jesus’ invisible returned to earth to set up his new Kingdom. It is interesting to note that the founder of  the Watchtower Society, Pastor Charles Taze Russell originally came by this date through his close associations with Baptist colleagues.  Later, strangely enough, Russell managed to come up with the very same date all on his own by using the internal measurements of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh.  It is commonly known that Russell had deep rooted beliefs in Pyramidology, in fact he was so convinced that he devoted a 400 page book on the subject (Studies in the Scriptures, Thy Kingdom Come). 

The Watchtower also used another method to calculate the 1874 date.  This method involves adding the 1,335 days as mentioned in Daniel 12:12, using the day for a year rule and then adding it to 539 A.D. which is the date when the Ostrogothic monarchy was overthrown .

The Watchtower believed that there would be 40 years of ever increasing chaos starting at 1874 and finishing in 1914, when thereafter, would be a millennium of peace.

Up until the late 1930s the 1874 date still played a pivotal role in the Watchtower’s teachings. However, like nearly almost every over important date set by the Watchtower, this, originally key date, was dropped and replaced with the new date of 1914 for Jesus’ invisible return to earth.

In “Jehovah’s Witnesses - Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom”  The Watchtower tries to paint over their own error by blaming the 1874 doctrine on influences that their founding member, Russell, received from his Baptist colleagues and the fact that their understanding of Biblical chronology was flawed. The Watchtower fail to make any mention of the Great Pyramid at Gizeh, which, according to the Watchtower, was Jehovah’s great stone witness!

It is interesting to note that when ever the Watchtower, need to discuss an outdated doctrine they use the third person plural, ‘they’, instead of the first person plural, ‘we’.  I.e. They were wrong about the date, instead of, we were wrong about the date. This tactic is obviously used in order to distance themselves from their embarrassing errors. However whether they use ‘we’ or ‘they’ it does not distract from the fact that at the time the Watchtower was making these horrific errors they were still, allegedly, receiving spiritual guidance directly from Jehovah.  The Watchtower believes it is Jehovah’s only chosen organization that is allowed to represent him here on Earth. 

Key Point

The important point about this change of date is that the Watchtower Society had, and still are, claiming that only the Watchtower have been chosen by Jehovah to represent him on this earth.

Do you think Jehovah would have mislead his chosen organization on earth for more than 50 years with regard one of the biggest events in earth’s history, i.e. the second coming of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ?

Is the Watchtower’s god as omniscient as they would have us believe?  

Quotes

The following quotes show what the Watchtower’s teachings where about their once very important date of 1874 and how their doctrine changed.

In addition please see the following complimentary page, WT Admits False Prophecy

Please note how the Watchtower makes the pyramid grow in order for it to fit their chronology!

In the last quote see how lightly the Watchtower dismisses the 1984 date

Creation 1927 p319

The most important thing to which all the prophecies point, and for which the apostles looked forward, has been the second coming of the Lord.  It is described by the prophet as a blessed time. Daniel then says: “blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty [1335] days.” Daniel 12:12  The watchers here are, without question, those those who were instructed by the Lord to watch for his return. This date, therefore, when understood, would certainly fix the time when the Lord is due at his second appearing.  Applying the same rule then, of a day for a year, 1335 days after 539 A.D. brings us to 1874 A.D., at which time, according to biblical chronology, the Lord’s second presence was due. If this calculation is correct, from that time forward we ought to be able to find evidence, marking the Lord’s second presence.

There are two important dates here that we must not confuse, but clearly differentiate; namely, the beginning of “the time of the end” and the beginning of the presence of the lord. “The time of the end” embraces the period from 1799 A.D to the time complete overthrow of Satan’s empire and the establishment of the kingdom of messiah.  The time of the Lord’s second presence dates from 1874 and is during the latter part of the period known as “the time of the end”.

[Emphasis Added]

Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence May 1 1881

We would like to correct this misapprehension once for all, by stating that we do not expect Jesus to come this year, nor any other year, for we believe that all time prophecies (bearing upon Jesus' coming) ended at and before the fall of 1874, and that He came there, and the second advent is now in progress and will continue during the entire Millennial age. We believe that his presence will be revealed to the eyes of men's understandings gradually during this 'Day of the Lord,' (forty years - from 1874 to 1914,) as it now is to ours; except that we, discern it through the word of prophecy revealed by the Spirit, and they will recognize his presence by His judgment upon Nominal Zion, and the World.”

[Emphasis Added]

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 …”

[Emphasis Added]

     

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.

[Emphasis Added]

 

The Time Is At Hand (Studies in the Scriptures Vol. 2) (1906) p.240

A.D. 1874 when Christ the Bridegroom and Reaper actually came.

[Emphasis Added]

 Thy Kingdom Come (Studies in the Scriptures Vol. 3) (1908) p.216

It will be remembered that Israel's "seventieth week"—the last seven years of their favor—was very exactly marked at its beginning, middle and close; and we believe for the very purpose of giving us clearly defined dates in the close of the Gospel age of favor to Spiritual Israel. We have seen that the beginning of that week was to Fleshly Israel the date of the beginning of their harvest testing, in A.D. 29. It was marked by our Lord's baptism and recognition as Messiah at Jordan, when the reaping work began—the parallel to which, here, is the recognition of the presence of the Lord, in A.D. 1874, at the beginning of this harvest.

[Emphasis Added]

And now for the famous growing pyramid trick, 41 inches in 6 years

Thy Kingdom Come (copyright 1891) (1904 edition -- Millennial Dawn, vol 3) p.342

So, then, if we measure backward down the "First Ascending Passage" to its junction with the "Entrance Passage," we shall have a fixed date to mark upon the downward passage. This measure is 1542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point. Then measuring down the "Entrance Passage" from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the "Pit," representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3416 inches, symbolizing 3416 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows AD. 1874 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1874 years AD. equals 3416 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1874 was the chronological beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation -- no, nor ever shall be afterward. And thus it will be noted that this "Witness" fully corroborates the Bible testimony on this subject…

 

Thy Kingdom Come (copyright 1891) (1910 edition -- Studies In The Scriptures, vol. 3) p.342

So, then, if we measure backward down the "First Ascending Passage" to its junction with the "Entrance Passage," we shall have a fixed date to mark upon the downward passage. This measure is 1542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point. Then measuring down the "Entrance Passage" from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the "Pit," representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3457 inches, symbolizing 3457 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows AD. 1915 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1915 years AD. equals 3457 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1914 will be the beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation -- no, nor ever shall be afterward. And thus it will be noted that this "Witness" fully corroborates the' Bible testimony on this subject…

[Emphasis Added]

 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…

[Emphasis Added]

 

 The Watchtower, September 15, 1922, p. 278

No one can properly understand the work of God at 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.

[Emphasis Added]

 The Watchtower, November 1, 1922, pp.332-337 DISCOURSE BY BROTHER J. F. RUTHERFORD

DISCOURSE BY BROTHER J. F. RUTHERFORD

[…]

... The power exercised by Jehovah upon his people is the holy spirit. The tie that binds Satan to his followers is the evil spirit. Because of yielding to his machinations Israel was overreached by him. God pronounced a decree against the nation, and enforced that decree in 606 B.C.; and there Satan became the god of this world. He is also called the prince of the power of the air, thus indicating his organization visible and invisible.

[…]

Bible prophecy shows that the Lord was due to appear for the second time in the year 1874. Fulfilled prophecy shows beyond a doubt that he did appear in 1874. Fulfilled prophecy is otherwise designated the physical facts; and these facts are indisputable. All true watchers are familiar with these facts as set forth in the Scriptures and explained in the interpretation by the Lord's special servant.

Jesus himself declared that in the time of his presence he would conduct a harvest of his people, during which he would gather unto himself the true and loyal ones. For some years this work has been in operation and is nearing completion. He stated that during his presence he would have one who would fill the office of a faithful and wise servant, through whom the Lord would bring to his people meat in due season. All the facts show that those prophecies have been fulfilled.

DAY OF PREPARATION

Why has the King come? To set up his kingdom and reign as King. But he had a work to do before his reign began, and that is a preparatory work. Since there are to be associated with him in his reign his body members, these must be gathered together and prepared for the beginning of the reign. The gentile times under the supervision of the god of this world ended August 1, 1914. Before that date it would not have been consistent for the Lord, the King of glory, to take unto himself his great power and reign. (Ezekiel 21:27) Since he has been present from 1874, it follows, from the facts as we now see them, that the period from 1874 to 1914 is the day of preparation. This in no wise militates against the thought that "the time of the end" is from 1799 until 1914. The period from 1799 to 1874 could not be said to be a day of preparation, but a day of increasing light. It is not reasonable to think that the King began to make preparations until he was present.

[…]

For six thousand years God has been preparing for this kingdom. For nineteen hundred years he has been gathering out the kingdom class from amongst men. Since 1874 the King of glory has been present; and during that time he has conducted a harvest and has gathered unto himself the temple class. Since 1914 the King of glory has taken his power and reigns. He has cleansed the lips of the temple class and sends them forth with the message of all messages. It is the message of the hour. It is incumbent upon those who are the Lord's to declare it. The kingdom of heaven is at hand; the King reigns; Satan's empire is falling; millions now living will never die.

Do you believe it? Do you believe that the King of glory is present, and has been since 1874? Do you believe that during that time he has conducted his harvest work? Do you believe that he has had during that time a faithful and wise servant through whom he directed his work and the feeding of the household of faith? Do you believe that the Lord is not in his temple, judging the nations of earth? Do you believe that the King of glory has begun his reign?

[Emphasis Added]

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

[Emphasis Added]

 

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

[Emphasis Added]

Prophecy, 1929, p. 65, 66

The Scriptural proof is that the second presence of the Lord Jesus Christ began in 1874 AD. This proof is specifically set out in the booklet entitled Our Lord's Return.

[Emphasis Added]

 

God's Kingdom Of A Thousand Years Has Approached. 1973. pp. 206, 209

It is true that the editor and publisher of Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Second Presence calculated that the "presence" or parousia of the heavenly bridegroom began in the year 1874 C.E.

[…]

In the year 1943 the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society published the book "The Truth Shall Make You Free." In its chapter 11, entitled "The Count of Time" it did away with the insertion of 100 years into the period of the Judges and went according to the oldest and most authentic reading of Acts 13:20, and accepted the spelled-out numbers of the Hebrew Scriptures. This moved forward the end of six thousand years of man's existence into the decade of the 1970's. Naturally this did away with the year 1874 C.E. as the date of return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of his invisible presence or parousia.

[Emphasis Added]

 

Look at the the above quote and see how lightly the Watchtower discards the year 1874. It should be noted that if one of their rank and file members had of done such a thing before the Watchtower did then they would be facing disciplinary proceeding that could ultimately have lead to their disfellowshiping.

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