"Woe to those who yearn for the day of Jehovah! What, then, will the day of Jehovah mean for you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be like a man who flees from a lion and is confronted by a bear, And when he enters his house and leans his hand against the wall, a snake bites him. Will not the day of Jehovah be darkness, and not light; Will it not have gloom, and not brightness?" - New World Translation
It was expected that 2014 would see the Watchtower's leadership make a concerted effort to spin 100 years since 1914 as a positive. Convention talks, articles, a special book release entitled God's Kingdom Rules!, along with new kingdom songs touting 1914, not to mention the theme of the 2014 Annual Meeting was a celebration of a century of Kingdom rule, are an exhibit of the Society's determination to maintain the delusion as long as they have the power to do so.
While Jehovah's Witnesses are deluded into imagining that they are witnessing the fulfillment of prophecy, in actuality the Governing Body themselves are fulfilling prophecy in a most extraordinary way. Long ago the prophets foretold that as a prelude to the actual coming of the Kingdom the leadership of God's people would become spiritual drunkards, reeling with self-importance and unable to discern reality from fantasy. Worse, Jehovah's people are victimized by those whom Jehovah describes as "the stupid prophets" who busy themselves plastering whitewash on a deteriorating partition wall. That "wall" undoubtedly represents the 1914 delusion and all that has been attached to it like so much plaster. God's ultimate judgment is that the wall must fall, at which time he will remove the stupid prophets from the intimate company of his people.
Some of Jehovah's Witnesses will likely be offended by my applying the scriptural designation of stupid prophets to the Governing Body, but when one takes into account that the 1914 doctrine has been utterly repudiated, and yet these men clamor on and on with no regard for truth, making absurd declarations such as demonstrated in this video clip, what other conclusion can be drawn?
Let it be noted, that, apparently the "tremendous results" Lett is referring to as irrefutable evidence - more convincing than the evidence for gravity and electricity - is evidently in reference to the numerical growth of Jehovah's Witnesses and the extent of the world-wide preaching work. However, it is irrefutable that the first century Christians accomplished an equally remarkable ministry without any of the modern tools the Watchtower Society employs. In fact, in the first century it is said that Christians preached to the entire inhabited earth. And, needless to say, that occurred a long time before the kingdom is supposed to have begun ruling. The fact that Jesus has ruled over his congregation since its inception in 33 C.E. is enough to produce "tremendous results."
That being the case, thinking Jehovah's Witnesses ought to take note that the "evidence" presented for 1914, to which the Governing Body member is alluding, is no evidence at all. Any of Jehovah's Witnesses who think otherwise are merely deluding themselves.
The Watchtower Society has served to restore the basic truth, lost since the apostasy of the second century. And in so doing the organization has served as a rallying point for those whom God has called into his kingdom. But just like the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the original congregation, elements within the Society have become apostate. Consequently, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses are under the influence of the foretold man of lawlessness. A great hour of test lies ahead.
The foretold apostasy subsequent to the manifestation of Jesus Christ is reflected in the Watchtower’s secret 10-year partnership with the United Nations, as well as their ongoing efforts to crush victims of child abuse. Jehovah’s Witnesses have also fallen victim to organizational idolatry. e-Watchman calls attention to the Watchtower’s unseemly doings and places the Society in the light of God’s prophetic denunciation to be enunciated at the coming of Christ. However, it seems most probable that the apostasy will become manifest even more so in the future, when the system collapses.
1914 and all that the Watchtower has attached to it, is the foretold “operation of error,” or as the newly revised NWT words it: “That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie.”
e-Watchman re-sets the parousia and time of the end to the immediate future, the advent of which will discredit the Watchtower beyond repair and stumble many who do not accept the truth, as Jesus foretold. Then, though, the spirit will be poured out upon the faithful in full measure, as never before, in order for a final witness to be given to the world – “and then the end will come.”
The Watchtower has mis-interpreted virtually every prophecy relevant to the time of the end – because of the “deluding influence” God allows. Hence, the seven-headed beast has not received its mortal head wound yet. The beast has not ascended from the abyss yet. Mankind has not received the 666 mark of the beast yet. The king of the north has not launched into his final campaign and subjugated the king of the south yet. The king fierce in countenance has not brought the holy ones to ruin yet. The upshot is, we are facing World War Three, global financial collapse and the imposition of a tyrannical one-world government and world-wide genocide.