THE “DELUDING INFLUENCE” UPON JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
As all Jehovah’s Witnesses surely know, 1914 is the centerpiece around which virtually all prophecy in the Bible is interpreted by the Watchtower. It is been hailed as ‘the most important date in all human history’ — the very year that Jesus Christ took up his great power and began ruling the world. (While Jehovah’s Witnesses well know that Jesus began ruling as king over his congregation from the very beginning, all of the accomplishments of the Watchtower-sponsored worldwide work of Jehovah’s Witnesses are attributed to Jesus supposedly having become king in 1914 – even though the first century Kingdom preachers also accomplished a remarkable work.)
For many decades Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that the generation that was alive in 1914 and witnessed the events such as World War I and the horrific Spanish influenza pandemic would still be alive to witness the end of this system. But obviously, that entire generation has passed off the scene.
Jehovah’s Witnesses used to believe that a generation was the average length of a lifespan. And according to the 90th Psalm our lifespan is 70 or 80 years. That holds true today. That being the case, 1994 was the cutoff date for the 1914 generation. And even that is stretching it, considering that a baby born in 1914 could not really comprehend the events that were happening in the world. Reasonably, a person would have had to have been an adult to “see” with the eyes of understanding all these things that Jesus foretold would happen.
So, in 1995 the Watchtower was compelled to redefine a generation. And since then there have been several iterations. The latest rework being what the Governing Body member, David Splane, presented in the September presentation of JW Broadcasting. (Discussed in the video below)
Jehovah’s Witnesses have every reason to be puzzled and confused at the latest explanation. But, there is a very profound reason for the Watchtower’s illogical attachment to 1914. It is the “deluding influence,” formerly called the “operation of error,” which Paul foretold would emanate from a man of lawlessness ensconced within Christ’s congregation.
The delusion has to do with authoritative announcements and letters written with apostolic authority, declaring that the presence of Christ has begun and that the day of Jehovah is here. Who among Jehovah’s Witnesses can deny that this has been the message of the Watchtower since 1878 when it first began publication?
The deluding influence ultimately originates with Satan. The apostle foretold that the Devil is allowed to perform all manner of powerful works, lying signs and wonders, along with every unrighteous deception.
The beginning of the First World War on the very year that the Watchtower’s chronology predicted is certainly a powerful, albeit lying sign, that has deceived Jehovah’s Witnesses into imagining that Christ has already come. (Even though the Watchtower also insists that Jesus is still coming.)
It is for this very reason that the coming of Christ will be an hour his own disciples do not think likely.
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Man of Lawlessness