1975 – 40 Years After

//1975 – 40 Years After

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It was in 1966 – before many of you were even born or aware – the Watchtower pointed forward to the year 1975 as the end of 6,000 years of human existence.

So what?

It has been surmised that because in Genesis God referred to the great epochs of creation as “days” and the days we are familiar with from our earthly vantage point are of equal length, that the seven days of creation must be of equal length too. And since the seventh day – upon which God rested – is still ongoing and cannot end until God’s creation is perfected and he declares it to be ‘good’, the thousand year reign of Christ’s Kingdom, also known as the great Sabbath and Jubilee – must cap the final years of God’s “day” of rest.

Since the year of Adam’s creation is established by biblical chronology as being in the year 4026 BCE – the 6,000th year being 1975 CE – the Watchtower raised expectations among Jehovah’s Witnesses that the 1,000 year reign would begin then, which of course would mean that this world would end then too.

Of course, obviously, the world did not end then.

What went wrong? Was the Watchtower’s chronology off?

Yes, it was.

And there were a few clear-thinking Jehovah’s Witnesses back then that pointed it out.

What was it?

While it is possible to use the lifespans and linage from Adam to Christ, along with other pivotal dates, to count back to the very year that God blew life into Adam’s nostrils, that is not when God began his great sabbath day. As everyone knows, Jehovah then made a companion for the first man, whom Adam named Eve. It was only after God fashioned Eve from Adam’s rib that he declared his intention to rest from any more earthly creation. It was God’s will that his two human creations should finish his earthy project by means of procreation. It is still a work in progress.

Unfortunately, the Bible does not reveal how long Eve lived; hence, it is impossible to establish when she was created; consequently, we do not know when the seventh “day” began.

The question is, how long was Adam alone in the Garden of Eden before Jehovah provided him with a wife? Again, it is not possible to determine. But, it must have been quite a few years. Why should we believe that? For one thing, we have to realize that life in paradise would have been much different – certainly not the frenzied rush that we call “life” now. The clock of life ticked much, much slower.

I mean, if you have forever, what’s the hurry? Why rush?

To demonstrate that point, before Eve appeared Adam named all the animals that Jehovah God had created. We shouldn’t imagine, though, that the animals queued up and passed by in a steady stream from sun up until sun down, day after day, until the chore was done. Reasonably, Adam simply observed the various insects, animals, birds and fish as they flitted about – grazing, browsing, playing – interacting with him, so that he could give them meaningful – perhaps, humorous names.

adam-and-eveThat Adam was alone for many years is most evident from his poetic outburst when he first laid eyes on our Mother, exclaiming: “This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman, because from man she was taken.”

“At last” Adam had a non-animal companion.

But, while it is evident that Adam was alone for a considerable period – undoubtedly years – still, the exact length of his bachelorhood is unknowable. Therefore, the year of the commencement of the seventh day is likewise unknown. Or is it?

There is, in fact, a great many persons alive at this very moment who were on hand when God blessed the seventh day and made it sacred. They know exactly when Jehovah’s sabbath began and they most certainly know when the 6,000th year is too. These persons are the multitude of angels who witnessed all of God’s creative work, who are spoken of in the 38th chapter of Job as shouting in applause over the work that God had done.

Unfortunately, a good many of those angels have long since become demons. As the implacable enemies of God and man, the Devil’s angels are keenly interested in matters having to do with the coming of Christ’s Kingdom because they know it will be the end of their world and the beginning of their incarceration on death row. Knowing that the day of Jehovah is coming they are determined to make a last stand and to try to destroy the remnant of the seed of God. Ultimately, expressions inspired by the demons will lure the leaders of this world to the place called Armageddon.

finger on the buttonAlthough Jesus informed us that no one other than God knows the day and hour, certainly – as already stated –  the 6,000th year is known by the spirits.

This would explain how the demons know in advance when the time of the end will commence and why they are able to maneuver things so that they are able to trigger a war with push-button ease the moment they are hurled down from heaven. 

Given the fact that 40-year and 40-day periods are prevalent throughout the Scriptures, it may well be that Adam was 40 years old when Eve was presented to him and the seventh “day” began. Indeed, this may be why 40 year periods are embedded so thoroughly into the Bible. For instance Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. Moses was 40 years old when he first tried to liberate the Hebrews. Then he spent another 40 years in exile before leading the Israelites through the wilderness for 40 years. The book of Judges records numerous periods of 40 years when there was no further disturbance. Eli judged Israel 40 years. David ruled as king 40 years. So did his son, Solomon.

Did you know that the Jewish system ended exactly 40 years to the day after Jesus entered the temple courtyard for the first time as the Messiah and threw out the money changers during the Passover of 30 CE?

Then there are numerous 40 day periods. For example, the actual Deluge lasted 40 days. Moses was on the mountain with Jehovah for 40 days. Jonah’s message to the Assyrian city of Nineveh was: “Forty days more and Nineveh will be overthrown.” Elijah fasted for 40 days after feasting on angel food cake. Jesus fasted for 40 days before being tempted by the Devil. And Jesus appeared on earth for 40 days after his resurrection before he ascended back to heaven.

For whatever it is worth, C.T. Russell formed his original Bible study group 40 years before 1914. And it was exactly 40 years from the time J.F. Rutherford first introduced the “great multitude” to the world in 1935 until the 1975 fiasco. And now we are exactly 40 years removed from 1975. So what, you ask?

These past 40 years may be comparable to the Israelite’s wilderness wanderings – during which time Jehovah put them to the test and when the entire generation over 20 years of age who had been part of the exodus died off.

Certainly the general expectation of Jehovah’s Witnesses leading up to 1975 was that they were on the threshold of the new world. But it was as if Jehovah did not allow them entry. Consequently, many were crushed with disappointment. The entire generation of leadership has since died off. Jehovah has certainly tested our faith.

But given the present state of affairs – the growing chorus of warnings regarding the danger of world war and global financial collapse – it appears as if 2015 is the year. The 40 years of wandering in the wilderness are over! A new phase is about to begin – the time of the end and the beginning of the 1,000 year Jubilee. 

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  • 1 John 4:16
    16 And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us.
    God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in union with God and God remains in union with him.

    SHOWING LOVE FOR OUR MARRIAGE MATE
    4. Why can marriage be successful despite human imperfection?
    4 Jehovah performed the first marriage by creating Adam and Eve and bringing them together. He purposed for them to have a happy, enduring union and to fill the earth with their offspring. (Gen. 1:27, 28) However, rebellion against Jehovah’s sovereignty marred the first marriage and brought sin and death to all mankind. (Rom. 5:12) Nevertheless, the Scriptures tell us how we can succeed in marriage. They contain the very best counsel on this subject because they originate with Jehovah, the Originator of marriage.—Read 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.

    5. How important is love in a marriage?
    5 God’s Word shows that love—warm personal attachment or deep affection—is essential for humans to enjoy happy relationships. This is certainly true in marriage. In words directed to the congregation, the apostle Paul said: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous. It does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Cor. 13:4-8) Reflecting on and applying such inspired words will surely increase the joys of marriage.

    Using a tub of water, a husband helps his wife wash clothes
    God’s Word shows how to have a successful marriage (See paragraphs 6, 7)
    6, 7. (a) What does the Bible say about headship? (b) How must a Christian husband treat his wife?
    6 Because of the headship principle that exists throughout God’s arrangement of things, love is especially important. Paul explained: “I want you to know that the head of every man is the Christ; in turn, the head of a woman is the man; in turn, the head of the Christ is God.” (1 Cor. 11:3) But headship is not to be exercised in a domineering way. For example, Jehovah exercises his headship over Christ in a kind, unselfish way, and Jesus responds to it. He appreciates God’s loving headship, for he declared: “I love the Father.” (John 14:31) It is unlikely that Jesus would have felt that way had Jehovah been harsh or dictatorial in his dealings with his beloved Son.

    7 Although a husband is the head of his wife, the Bible instructs him to ‘assign her honor.’ (1 Pet. 3:7) One way husbands can honor their wives is by taking into consideration their needs and giving them first choice in some matters. Indeed, God’s Word states: “Husbands, continue loving your wives, just as the Christ also loved the congregation and gave himself up for it.” (Eph. 5:25) Yes, Jesus even gave his life for his followers. When a husband imitates the loving way in which Jesus exercises headship, it is much easier for a wife to love and respect him and be in subjection to him.—Read Titus 2:3-5.

    HAVE LOVE FOR FELLOW WORSHIPPERS
    8. How should worshippers of Jehovah view fellow Christians?
    8 Throughout the earth, there are millions who worship Jehovah and bear witness to his name and purpose. How should each worshipper of Jehovah view his fellow Witnesses? God’s Word answers: “Let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.” (Gal. 6:10; read Romans 12:10.) The apostle Peter wrote: “Now that you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth with unhypocritical brotherly affection as the result, love one another intensely from the heart.” Peter also told fellow believers: “Above all things, have intense love for one another.”—1 Pet. 1:22; 4:8.

    9, 10. Why do God’s people have unity among themselves?
    9 Because we have intense love for our fellow servants of Jehovah, we make up a unique worldwide organization. Moreover, because we love Jehovah and obey his laws, he supports us with the most powerful force in the universe, his holy spirit, or active force. This enables us to enjoy wonderful unity as a truly international brotherhood.—Read 1 John 4:20, 21.

    10 Highlighting the need for love among Christians, Paul wrote: “Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience. Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must also do the same. But besides all these things, clothe yourselves with love, for it is a perfect bond of union.” (Col. 3:12-14) How thankful we are that love—“a perfect bond of union”—prevails among us regardless of our background or national origin!

    11. How do love and unity identify Jehovah’s organization?
    11 Genuine love and unity identify Jehovah’s servants as the ones who practice the true religion, for Jesus said: “By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.” (John 13:34, 35) And the apostle John wrote: “The children of God and the children of the Devil are evident by this fact: Whoever does not practice righteousness does not originate with God, nor does the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (1 John 3:10, 11) Love that results in extraordinary unity marks Jehovah’s Witnesses as Christ’s true followers, the ones whom God is using to serve his purpose to have the good news of the Kingdom preached in all the inhabited earth.—Matt. 24:14.

    GATHERING “A GREAT CROWD”
    12, 13. What is the “great crowd” now doing, and what will its members soon experience?
    12 The vast majority of Jehovah’s servants are part of “a great crowd . . . out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues.” They are “standing before the throne [of God] and before the Lamb [Jesus Christ].” Who are they? “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,” for they exercise faith in Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. Members of the growing “great crowd” love Jehovah and his Son and “are rendering [God] sacred service day and night.”—Rev. 7:9, 14, 15.

    13 Soon God will destroy this wicked world in the “great tribulation.” (Matt. 24:21; read Jeremiah 25:32, 33.) But because of his love for his servants, Jehovah will preserve them as a group and will usher them into his new world. As foretold nearly 2,000 years ago, God “will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” Do you yearn to live in Paradise after “the former things have passed away”?—Rev. 21:4.

  • Rose Castro

    So, this year 2015, which is about to end, is significant in what way? I’m referring to the very last pharagraph of this article. Any input is appreciated!

    • Bklyn Kevin

      At present we are waiting for the beginning of the collapse of this system which could occur at any moment now either by a financial collapse or world war three or perhaps both of them simultaneously.
      Thus fulfilling what John saw in
      Revelations 13:3

      I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been fatally wounded, but its mortal wound had been healed, and all the earth followed the wild beast with admiration.

      • Rose Castro

        Thank you brothers.

      • Richard Long

        May 2017. And it keeps on going against all reason beyond all sanity. Surely human effort alone cannot be that which keeps the financial system propped up against the laws of physics, mathematics, and probability. From the outside looking in, it seems like downright alchemy and sorcery.

        • Huldah

          I find myself asking….is it Jehovah or Satan who is propping it up? Maybe RK leans toward the belief it is Satan because he has said that the collapse of the Anglo power corresponds with the ouster of Satan from heaven as if his power is weakened and he can’t keep up his sorcery. Logical anyway.

          • Richard Long

            Well, since it keeps panting on by the means of just…one…more…scheme…, could be the dark side. On the other hand, if the mechanism if desolation belongs to the dark side and they are trying to rush the finale to ‘beat Jehovah’s time”, maybe Jehovah is causing it to pant on so events happen at the time and place of His choosing? Aren’t there some nutty Shiite Muslims bent on speeding up Armageddon for the 13th Imam or something like that? Maybe Satan is just deluded enough to think he can escape? I dunno, but since spring of 16 has come and gone, I’m glad I wasn’t privy to this article and in expectation

            • Huldah

              Hope the Shiites are successful. I’m sooo beyond done with this system!

              I remember a book study where the conductor talked about Satan being insane. It resonated with me.

              So you are probably onto something there. If Satan is Donald Trump on steroids he IS deluded enough.

              Come to think of it my ex br in law is literally a narcissistic sociopath on steroids so I pretty much know what Satan is like.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Lol. That’s funny about Trump and ex bro in law. ?

          • Bklyn Kevin

            Can it all just be coincidental? or has Satan the devil cleverly maneuvered the whole 1914 scenario that the kingdom has come and Jesus’ is ruling right from the beginning in order to fool if It were possible even the chosen ones.
            Who is Behind 1914, really?
            The Devil surely knows he cannot prevent Christ’s presence from occurring. Not only that, but it would be difficult for him to effectively counterfeit the parousia after it begins. So, in his cunning the wily serpent has endeavored to fabricate a convincing faux parousia before the genuine parousia begins. In this he has been wildly successful. Up until now the Society’s 1914 teaching has been somewhat innocuous. But that will not always be the case. Undoubtedly, accepting the satanically inspired parousia now will make it difficult for those who believe that lie to accept the truth, even after it is revealed.
            But isn’t that exactly what Christ also forewarned; namely, that the genuine parousia will be marked by widespread deception regarding Jesus that could even deceive the chosen ones?
            Read more> https://e-watchman.com/behind-1914-really/
            How can Jehovah’s Witnesses be so blind and still be…?
            https://e-watchman.com/how-can-jehovahs-witnesses-be-so-blind/

            • Huldah

              Can’t wait to read them.
              The parousia deception is a key warning from Christ.
              Its true justice that those who really love truth are protected from it. It’s also true justice that those who love only their own deluded egos stay blind. Jehovah is true to his own words. He doesn’t give HIS pearls to swine either.

              Matt 7
              6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs nor throw your pearls before swine,+ so that they may never trample them under their feet and turn around and rip you open.

              Prov 11
              21 Be assured of this:* An evil person will not go unpunished,+

              But the children of the righteous will escape.

              22 Like a gold ring in the snout of a pig

              Is a beautiful woman who rejects good sense.

              23 The desire of the righteous leads to good,+

              But what the wicked hope for leads to fury.

    • ewatchman

      The 6,000 year thing may not hold any validity. I am like the last holdout among Jehovah’s Witnesses who even thinks there may be something to it. But, if there is anything to it the chronology would not be attached to our Julian/Gregorian calendar.

      Of course, our year ends after December, but the lunar-based Jewish calendar during the time the Bible was compiled (there were two Hebrew calendars) the new year began with the month of Nisan, which would correspond with the end of March beginning of April, which would make the end of their calendar year in late March or early April, depending on the year and the moon phase. So, the outside date for the end of 6,000 years would actually be the Spring of 2016. At least, to my way of thinking.

      Obviously, a lot can happen between now and then, so I am not ready to write it off quite yet.

      • Richard Long

        Reading this for the first time now, spring 2017, with hindsight, is there more to be said on the subject?

        • Huldah

          I find it odd that we both ended up at this article today. I don’t find there to be too many coincidences with Jehovah. My comments have been on the 40 years and Jesus coming to the temple to inspect not exactly ’75, but Robert discusses the number 40 here. I was listening to the chapter on judgement in RKs book and was drawn to the fact that Jesus had carried out a time of inspection for 3.5 years after he cleansed the temple of the money changers then it was exactly 40 years after that the temple was destroyed in 70 CE. Still processing, but there is something significant here. Just my thoughts on this article, since you asked:)

          • Richard Long

            I actually followed you here. You and Beverly were poking a stick at the link, so I figured it must be gooooood. I walked away from it more informed but less settled as it seemed you were too. So no coincidence. I’m interested in what you’re interested in.

            • Huldah

              Okay, I see what happened. I didn’t see Beverly’s comment earlier, but saw yours on this article. I just recently looked at Bev’s comment so you saw it before I did and beat me to the article. Silly me, Lol.
              I printed out all the 40 years stuff. Pretty cool. I googled 1975, 6000 years etc, but didn’t really find anything striking or different from what I already know. I also looked at Isaiah and Ezekiel chapters on Egypt/US and 40 years. I’ll have to look closer at RK’s analysis of Isaiah. I still feel like a beeping metal detector and I can’t stop digging til I find out why:)

            • Richard Long

              I have nothing to offer but i’ll throw out one fish. IF 1879 and 1914 were tied together, anything go on in 1954, 1994? what about 2034. And if the Illuminati announced through the Economist in 1988 that the world currency should be expected in 1918, a thirty year heads up, any meaning there? I believe Robert has suggested before that the demons are very interested in the anointed. If Jehovah has favored a 40 year pattern in the past , maybe His enemies employ it in their inspirations too, just to mess with the chosen ones?

            • Huldah

              Good point about the demons. 1914 may be an example of that.

              I followed the same line of thought you did on 1954 &94 but nothing comes to mind.

              I think it was’73 when they went off the gold standard but that 40 yr window passed.

              It is telling that Jesus’ judgement commenced with an overthrow of the dishonest temple money exchange system.
              Really parallels that if judgement starts with an economic crash.

              I’ve always said…In a world where money is god, economics is truth.

              Any other significant money related events?
              When did WTO start investing in stocks or turn the corporation over to non anointed? 90’s?

            • Beverly kenyon

              Wow, Huldah, first of all it was great ‘listening’ into your conversation with Ruchard and there was some brilliant points brought out that’s got me thinking. Especially that point about Jesus’ overthrow of the dishonest money changers so I’m thinking does that tie in with the global financial collapse that’s imminent and you’re right, money is god, a false god. Sorry Richard, just noticed this annoying spell check thing has called you, ‘Ruchard’, it’s funny but not funny….sorry.

            • Huldah

              We’re spying on each other,lol. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for the compliment:)

            • Beverly kenyon

              Don’t mention it Huldah. I like listening to what you say through your posts as I think you’re a really good teacher.

            • Huldah

              Thank you again for that gracious compliment?

            • Huldah

              http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/5-highly-respected-financial-experts-that-are-warning-that-a-market-crash-is-imminent

              Thought this was really interesting especially the hedge fund manager who cashed out and gave his clients money back (Australia)

              How close are we?

            • Beverly kenyon

              Thanks for that Huldah. I’ll have a watch of it when I charge this device. We’ve got to be close to the carnage as that global economic collapse is the thing that will kick start events or ww3 will break out and kick start it all but those two horrific momentous things are bubbling ready to pop!

  • Francis Bencharles

    This is when Jehovah’s Witnesses gave up on trying to figure out Bible Prophecy. Not long after they “symbolically” spied out the land and the spies came back and said we will never be able to figure out Jehovah’s book, it is too hard. It was in 76 that they again enlarged the GB and made Jehovah’s theocratic arrangement into a democracy with a two thirds vote on vital scriptural matters and it was the they wandered in the wilderness of Bible Prophecy for 40 solid years till Tishri 1, 2016 the end of the wilderness wondering. Now you are mourning on the plains of Moab, mourning the death of Moses who was representeded by the true 1NC Saints who were a part of Christ’s Bride. But unfortunately they all died out in the wilderness and only Joshua and Caleb made it through. Tough times indeed.

  • Francis Bencharles

    now all there is, is a man of lawlessness and a Baal, and a Golden calf and nowhere to go and Moses is symbolically dead.

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