607 BCE - The Fall of Jerusalem
Although the date of 607 B.C.E. doesn’t appear as much in Watchtower literature as does their reference to 1914, it is actually the most significant date of all. Why? It is the most significant date of all because it fixes all the other dates in the Watchtower doctrine. Without 607 B.C.E. you can’t apply the 2,520 years mentioned in the book of Daniel and arrive at 1914, the time of the end of the gentile times.
The Watchtower is stuck with the wrong date of 607 B.C.E for the fall of Jerusalem because when Charles Taze Russell, their founder, was working with biblical chronology, 607 B.C.E. was the favored date for the fall of Jerusalem. Much work has been done in the field of archaeology since the late 1800s and significant finds have been found. There are now hundreds if not thousands of pieces of evidential proof that pin point the fall of Jerusalem to 586 / 587 BCE. Unfortunately for the Watchtower it is impossible for them to change this date without significantly changing their doctrine.
Many Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to find secular sources to agree with the Watchtower Society’ date of 607 BCE for the fall of Jerusalem, but always fail in their attempts. To date there is no professor, scholar or authority which subscribes to the Watchtower’s use of the 607 date, however, they do all agree on one thing and that is that Jerusalem fell in 586 / 587 B.C.E.
The Watchtower even provides evidence against its own 607 B.C.E. chronology. The Watchtower agrees with the Ptolemy king list, that the fall of the Babylonian empire occurred in 539 B.C.E. which was the 17th year reign of Nabonidus and that Jeruselem fell in the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar. Below you can see how easy it is for any Jehovah’s Witness to disprove the Watchtower Society’s 607 date by using its own chronology.