By JW Insider
Because this post was moved away from its original context, a response to a post about Armstrong's promotion of 1975, I will edit the post below to contain all of @AllenSmith's original material, here. I'm moving his images outside the quote, so that they can be more easiliy seen as relevant to the discussion of H.W.Armstrong, as Allen intended.
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And, don't forget that, in 1956, Herbert W Armstrong supposedly stole the idea from the February 1, 1955 Watchtower, which put the end of 6,000 years within one year of 1976:
*** w55 2/1 p. 95 Questions From Readers ***
In 1953 in preparing the chart that appears in the book Â“New Heavens and a New EarthÂ” a one-year error was brought to light. By the aid of the New World Translation of the Hebrew Scriptures the difference between the two numbers appearing at Genesis 7:6 and Genesis 7:11 became apparent, especially since there are two different Hebrew words here maintaining a distinct difference. At Genesis 7:6 the number 600 referring to NoahÂ’s age means 600 full years, being what is generally termed a cardinal number. Whereas at Genesis 7:11 the number Â“600th,Â” an ordinal number, means 599 full years plus a portion of another year. . . .Â Inasmuch as previously our chronology considered Noah as 600 full years old when he entered the ark, instead of the actual 599 years and some months, as we now see, this has meant that the preflood dates must be shrunk by one year, this bringing AdamÂ’s creation for the fall of 4025 B.C. Incidentally, Jesus, who became the second or Â“last Adam,Â” was born in the fall of the year around the first of October.Â—1Â Cor. 15:45, NW. It is well to understand that all Bible chronology dates for events prior to 539 B.C. must be figured backward from the Absolute date of 539 B.C. In the sure date of 607 B.C. for the fall of Jerusalem we have an anchor for the chronology establishment of the important year of 1914. By an overwhelming number of physical facts occurring since 1914, this great turning-point year in manÂ’s history, 1914, has been abundantly confirmed. According to Genesis 1:24-31 Adam was created during the last part of the sixth creative-day period of 7,000 years. Almost all independent chronologists assume incorrectly that, as soon as Adam was created, then began JehovahÂ’s seventh seven-thousand-year period of the creative week. Such then figure that from AdamÂ’s creation, now thought to be the fall of 4025 B.C., why, six thousand years of GodÂ’s rest day would be ending in the fall of 1976. However, from our present chronology (which is admitted imperfect) at best the fall of the year 1976 would be the end of 6,000 years of human history for mankind, 6,000 years of manÂ’s existence on the earth, not 6,000 years of JehovahÂ’s seventh seven-thousand-year period. Why not? Because Adam lived some time after his creation in the latter part of JehovahÂ’s sixth creative period, before the seventh period, JehovahÂ’s sabbath, began. . . . The very fact that, as part of JehovahÂ’s secret, no one today is able to find out how much time Adam and later Eve lived during the closing days of the sixth creative period, so no one can now determine when six thousand years of JehovahÂ’s present rest day come to an end. Obviously, whatever amount of AdamÂ’s 930 years was lived before the beginning of that seventh-day rest of Jehovah, that unknown amount would have to be added to the 1976 date. Of course, just a decade or so later, the Watchtower began minimizing the amount of time it would have taken for a perfect man to name all the animals if Jehovah brought them to him in a steady stream. The flaw in this reasoning was that angels would surely know that amount of time that Jehovah had kept a secret, so they would be aware of the day and the hour "when 6,000 years of Jehovah's present rest day come to an end."
There is also evidence that Fred W. Franz, who wrote the article above, in 1955, began recalculating in the early 1970's and wanted to begin publishing October 1974 as the date for the end of the 6,000 years of human history. F.W.Franz, I am told, thought this would have strengthened the 1975 argument. But this was supposedly one of the few times when N.Knorr put his foot down and told him he had caused enough trouble with 1975, and that Knorr thought that this vacillation would actually weaken the faith that people put in the Watchtower.
You probably already know this, but to your point, many Witnesses had to be counseled not to listen to Armstrong's radio program, especially in the late 1960's and early 1970's when many Witnesses claimed that he sounded exactly like the Watchtower.
If the organization did not actually prophesy the end in 1925 and 1975, then how come so many Witnesses left the faith immediately afterwards?By Jesus.defender
("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.)
By JW Insider
Several posts from some recent topics have veered into a discussion of 1975 (yet again). My personal concern about the topic is that, like others have just mentioned, I have also been seeing a lack of honesty about it from both JWs and ex-JWs/non-JWs. We shouldn't be as concerned about what others on the outside say, but perhaps we need to take another look at the accuracy of statements that we make ourselves, in our own defense.
To start, I would say that I agree that no Watchtower article or Watchtower publication ever said that the world was going to end in 1975.
But when we try to convince people today about what was really said back then, what is our purpose in only selectively choosing things that were said and printed in Watchtower publications? Is it possible to be dishonest by what we omit when we defend this topic?
*GA: The upvote is an artefact of this post when it was under another topic. You may wish to remove it from this topic.
By The Librarian
by Fredrick William Franz
Time In Which We Are Now Interested
Los Angeles Sports Arena, Feb 5 1975
I no longer have the version above....
Although here is a version from Australia:
Franz Fred - Time In Which We Are Now Interested Australia.mp3
By Aaron Gallegos
The Governing Body claims to speak for God. They claim that they are spirit directed. Jesus warned us about false prophets making such claims at Matthew 24: 4, 5 & 7:15.
The Governing Body showed a video on the first day of the 2017 regional convention where they place blame on the rank and file members for believing that 1975 would Mark the end of this system. This is a blatant lie. Here are quotes from their own publications to prove otherwise.
01.) Life everlasting and freedom of the sons of God p.29,30.
02.) 1970 July kingdom ministry under announcements. The public talk for the Circuit Assembly that service year is "Who will conquer the world in the 1970's?". Even a lapel card was printed for the members to wear.
03.) 1968 Aug 15 Watchtower- Study article "Why are you looking forward to 1975?". Members were told to ignore Jesus warning about no one knowing the day or hour.
04.) 1968 Awake October 8
05.) 1969 Awake May 22- Youths were told that they would NEVER GROW OLD in this system and it's useless to go to college because the system would not be here anymore.
06.) May 1974 Kingdom Ministry- Members that sold their homes to and moved to serve as pioneers were COMMENDED as its the best way to use the rest of the time left in this system.
What's very upsetting is that the Governing Body placed the blame on the members for believing the end would come in 1975. It was them and not the members that came up with This! They deliberately lie and hide evidence.
By Queen Esther
The CO - class,Â learningÂ inÂ aÂ courseÂ inÂ BethelÂ *MillÂ Hill*Â -
LeftÂ sideÂ firstÂ isÂ GBÂ BrotherÂ Barba !Â Â AÂ friend-sisterÂ metÂ himÂ byÂ aÂ New yorkÂ BethelÂ visit,Â Â sheÂ gotÂ alotÂ pictures
ThatÂ pictureÂ isÂ fromÂ theÂ pastÂ ~Â Bro. BarbaÂ isÂ nowÂ inÂ HeavenÂ byÂ theÂ othersÂ fromÂ NY.
By Bible Speaks
Closing of the Bethel of London and opening of the new Bethel in Chelmsford
We are pleased to inform you that a new and exciting exhibition is now open for visitors in our Installations In Mill Hill. This new feature will take you on a journey through the history of witnesses in great Britain and Ireland. It includes material that will strengthen your faith and undoubtedly increase your appreciation for being part of the wonderful organization of Jehovah. - Ps. 144: 15.
News: the new facilities at Chelmsford will not include a printer and will discontinue the printing at Mill Hill at the end of March 2018. So if you want to see the printing pressesÂ we invite you to visit as soon as possible.
The Accelerated speed of new news in our organization makes us look forward to all kinds of communiquÃ©s as you can see, there will be no printing of publications in London.
When they announced the new branch, they said it was necessary because the production of magazines is expanding and Britain is the key Bethel for the production of magazines. That was just a couple of years ago they said that.
Literature comes from Germany now. It's the center of Europe. Sent to London (soon Chelmsford) and distributed from there. The single page brochuresÂ will be used much more now.Â
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