This is a continuation of the January, 2014, Watchtower review.
After outlining the developments that would take place during the conclusion of the Jewish system, and by extension the entire present global system of things, Jesus added: “Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Matthew 24:34)
Jehovah’s Witnesses had for many decades understood Jesus’ words to mean that the generation that had witnessed the events that are believed to mark the beginning of the conclusion, namely the First World War that began in 1914, would still exist when the end came. There was no ambiguity. Everyone understood Jesus to say that “this generation” was a group of people living during the same time period.
As the years and decades rolled by Jehovah’s Witnesses continued to believe that some individuals from the World War One generation would still be on earth when the final battle of Armageddon brings an end to Satan’s world. The Bible even provides a handy guideline for determining the length of a generation. As Psalm 90:10 states: “The span of our life is 70 years, or 80 if one is especially strong. But they are filled with trouble and sorrow; they quickly pass by, and away we fly.”
Taking Moses’ standard for the lifespan of a generation, which amazingly is virtually the same now as it was 3,500 years ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses began to look to the year 1994 as the outside date to accommodate a generation of 80 years from 1914. Of course, that was 20 years ago. And there is only a handful of very long-lived persons alive today that were even born before 1914. And there are virtually no persons alive today who were adults in 1914. To illustrate, the last surviving American veteran of the First World War, Frank Buckles, passed away in 2011. He was especially strong, living for 110 years. The last surviving British veteran, a woman, Florence Green, passed away in 2012 - also at 110 years of age.
Knowing full well the dilemma that they created by fostering speculation about the length of a generation, the Watchtower published an article on the 1st of November, 1995, exactly a full 80 years from the time C.T. Russell had originally proclaimed that the Gentile times had ended in October of 1914, shedding “new light” upon what Jesus meant by “this generation.” Over two study articles and a lot of wordy gobbledygook, the Watchtower redefined a generation - divorcing it from any sort of length of time. Instead, the generation about which Jesus said would not pass away was said to relate to the character of the people living then, since Jesus described them as being a faithless and crooked generation.
In the second study article the Watchtower even reproves Jehovah’s Witnesses for continuing to believe what it had previously taught them regarding “this generation”, stating in paragraph eight:
Yes, the complete triumph of the Messianic Kingdom is at hand! Is anything to be gained, then, by looking for dates or by speculating about the literal lifetime of a “generation”? Far from it!
But that was not the end of it.
In February, 2008, in an article entitled: Christ’s Presence - What Does It Mean for You? - the Watchtower redefined their previously redefined definition of a generation. Now “this generation” is understood to mean the generation of anointed persons, since, it is reasoned, that Jesus was talking specifically to his apostles at the time and telling them “when you see all these things.” Hence, he was not addressing the faithless generation.
Obviously, there is a bit of dissension among the writing staff on this issue. It is quite likely that the recent passing of certain members of the Governing Body who may have sponsored the previous explanation allowed other members of the body to push their revision to the fore. Whatever the case...
That brings us to the latest iteration of “this generation.” The January, 2014, Watchtower states:
15 In his detailed prophecy about the conclusion of this system of things, Jesus said: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” We understand that in mentioning “this generation,” Jesus was referring to two groups of anointed Christians. The first group was on hand in 1914, and they readily discerned the sign of Christ’s presence in that year. Those who made up this group were not merely alive in 1914, but they were spirit-anointed as sons of God in or before that year.
16 The second group included in “this generation” are anointed contemporaries of the first group. They were not simply alive during the lifetime of those in the first group, but they were anointed with holy spirit during the time that those of the first group were still on earth. Thus, not every anointed person today is included in “this generation” of whom Jesus spoke. Today, those in this second group are themselves advancing in years. Yet, Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:34 give us confidence that at least some of “this generation will by no means pass away” before seeing the start of the great tribulation. This should add to our conviction that little time remains before the King of God’s Kingdom acts to destroy the wicked and usher in a righteous new world.
Basically, the Watchtower’s official teaching now is, that, “this generation” actually comprises two overlapping generations.
After having read these two paragraphs, as a writer myself, I have scanned my mind for the appropriate word to describe it. “Ridiculous” is a word that most readily came to mind. “Nonsense” is another. “Absurd” would certainly be a fitting adjective too. “Illogical”? - absolutely! But all things considered, I have settled on the word “stupid” as the most appropriate. It reflects a profound stupidity on their part because it defies the very definition that the Watchtower espouses!
Take a moment, if you please, and consider what is written regarding the word “generation” in the Society’s own biblical encyclopedia, Insight on the Scriptures. Under the subheading “Length” it states:
When the term “generation” is used with reference to the people living at a particular time, the exact length of that time cannot be stated, except that the time would fall within reasonable limits. These limits would be determined by the life span of the people of that time or of that population.
The fabricators of the latest revision expect Jehovah’s Witnesses to set aside common sense and sound reason and accept as if coming from Jehovah himself the new definition of a generation, which is outside the bounds of not only the accepted the dictionary definition of the word, but even the Society’s own definition as well. And all for the purpose of supporting the 1914 hoax!
In view of the Watchtower Society’s abject stupidity in this matter, it seems timely to call attention to an extraordinary prophecy found in the 13th chapter of Ezekiel. There, Jehovah tells his watchman, Ezekiel, to notify those whom God casts as “the stupid prophets,” who are busily employing themselves plastering coat after coat of whitewash on a wall of their own construction, that their wall is doomed to fall!
The analogy of plastering whitewash on a wall perfectly describes the Watchtower Society’s preoccupation with fabricating and maintaining their 1914 lie. The latest doctoring of “this generation” is just another manifestation of the whitewashing spectacle.
Over these past eight years I have notified the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses through of direct mail and by means of presenting them with their personal copies of Jehovah Himself Has Become King, that their whitewashed wall is going to fall with a crash.
In the coming days we may expect the outbreak of global war and international financial collapse to mark the actual beginning of the conclusion of the system. Then the Watchtower’s wall will come tumbling down and the stupid prophets will be no more! And this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.
The Wall Must Fall (open letter with book release)