Why did so many of Jehovah’s Witnesses lose faith?

//Why did so many of Jehovah’s Witnesses lose faith?

This article is the first in a series of articles to come answering so-called stumper questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses. All entires will appear in the ANSWERS category listed on the footer menu

(Question #1) If the organization did not actually prophesy the end in 1925 and 1975, then how come so many Witnesses left the faith immediately afterwards? (“They lost roughly three-quarters of the movement between 1925 and 1928, then suffered huge losses after 1975, when the end didn’t come as they had implied over and over again,” said Jim Penton, an ex-Witness who writes entries on Jehovah’s Witnesses for the Encyclopedia Americana.)


The Watchtower did attach great meaning to both of those dates. Of course, there was always a quasi-biblical justification for doing so. 1975 was believed to be the 6,000th year since the creation of Adam and it was thought that the 1,000 year reign of Christ would commence on the 6,000th year in order that God’s great sabbath rest would conclude on the 7,000th year.

As compelling as that reasoning may have been at the time, and it may still have validity, the problem is that the Genesis account does not give the lifespan of Eve, as it does for Adam and those in the linage of Christ; point being, God’s day of rest did not begin with Adam’s creation, but rather, after Eve was created. And evidently Adam was alone in Eden for a considerable time before Jehovah made a helper for him. That is why upon seeing Eve Adam exclaimed: “At last….”

Be that as it may, there is no question that many of Jehovah’s Witnesses were stumbled. And most disconcerting, many more will be stumbled during the end phase. But does the mere existence of stumbling blocks disqualify an organization or a people from God’s service? No, not at all. On the contrary, in fact: Jesus forewarned that stumbling blocks were inevitable. The solution, though, will come during the harvest. That is when Jesus will command his angels to uproot persons doing lawlessness and all stumbling blocks. Ironically, at that time Christ himself will become a massive stone of stumbling. 

2016-12-08T15:11:39+00:00 November 18th, 2014|Answers|7 Comments
  • Matthew 18:7
    7 “Woe to the world because of the stumbling blocks! Of course, it is inevitable that stumbling blocks will come, but woe to the man through whom the stumbling block comes!

  • sunset

    Jesus becomes a stumbling block because his actual return not in 1914, but at the great tribulation?

    • yes, Sunset*, in a sense. think about why that is the case. sense 1914 is not true, then its an error but a known error not corrected is a lie and who (Satan) do you think is going to play on that lie and why? obviously it can be life threatening with our relationship with Jehovah. 2-Thess ch2. somebody here can explain that more to you here as you think about that and read more here on this site; it will become clear to you. ask yourself, what exactly starts the great tribulation to begin with? is it not the ouster of Satan?

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Many Will Be Stumbled and Betray One Another
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      But since wars and reports of wars precede the big war in which nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Christ’s prophecy regarding nation warring against nation was fulfilled in 1914-18, Jesus’ words regarding the “wars and reports of wars” that precede all-out war have no relevance whatsoever for Jehovah’s Witnesses today. For that matter, neither does the aspect of nation rising against nation. It is all dead history of fulfilled prophecy to Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      The Watchtower has assured Jehovah’s Witnesses that there will be no third world war – that the sign of the conclusion of the system of things cannot possibly display itself more convincingly in the future. But over the years the Watchtower Society has surreptitiously revised numerous aspects of the manifestation of the sign, assigning them a future fulfillment – this after almost a century since Christ supposedly arrived as a thief in the night. For example, Jesus foretold that men would become faint out of fear in dread of the things coming upon the world. For decades Jehovah’s Witnesses were told that this aspect of prophecy was in full display in the world. Now, though, the Watchtower has unceremoniously shifted its fulfillment to the future

      It is indisputable that the Watchtower Society dominates the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Witnesses affectionately refer to the organization as “mother.” It is inevitable, then, that masses of Jehovah’s Witnesses are going to be stumbled when their mother is disgraced and silenced – even as the prophet has written: “And you will certainly stumble in the daytime, and even a prophet must stumble with you, as at night. And I will put your mother to silence. My people will certainly be silenced, because there is no knowledge.” – Hosea 4:5-6

      Many Will Be Stumbled – Will You Be?
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    • Ken Rosenberg


  • Ken Rosenberg

    For anyone who still believes the whole 7 thousand years stuff. It has been written twice in the bible that the times and seasons are in the father’s jurisdiction. Don’t you think, if us mere humans were able to figure out when Jehovah’s day of rest would end, that the angels and Jesus would have also figured out this mystery at the time of the writing, rendering the verse useless?

    Armageddon is not coming about on the 7 thousandth anniversary of Eve. Satan, Jesus, the angels, would know when it would take place if this were true, but nor the angels or the son, but only the father knows, yet they were all there when she was created.

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