OnOctober2nd, 1914, Charles Taze Russell, the President of the Watch Tower Society, announced to the Bethel staff at their morning breakfast: “The Gentile times have ended; their kings have had their day.”
At the time those words were unquestioningly accepted by the International Bible Students; after all, a couple of months before that announcement the nations of Europe had virtually all declared war upon each other and the clouds of war were indeed hanging low. Before too many more months would pass Europe would be plunged into the worst war in history up until then – The Great War, as it was called until the greater war erupted two decades later.
Now, though, only three years shy of a full century later, C.T. Russell’s bold announcement is virtually meaningless. A question thinking Jehovah's Witnesses ought to ask is, in what way have the nations and their kings had their day? Presumably, when the prophetic appointed times are fulfilled should it not be expected that the nations of the world would be prevented from any longer tyrannizing mankind? Back during that horrible time of the First World War the Bible Students expected the war to bring all the nations to ruin, with anarchy reigning and leading directly to the world-ending war of Armageddon. Instead, the nations recovered and fought an even more destructive and deadly war, from which the nations have also long-since recovered.