By The Librarian
“And now, Jehovah, . . . grant your slaves to keep speaking your word with all boldness.Â”Â—Acts 4:29.
"Divine Love" District Conventions held in the United States, Austria, France, Italy, and Japan. [2,097,070 publishers with 205 countries reporting in 1979, .5% increase over the 1978 service year, 42,600 congregations.] see w80 vol., pgs. 18-21.
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dt * The Path of Divine Truth Leading to Liberation - intended for Hindus
hp * Happiness - How to Find It
Insurance Manual For Congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses
Kingdom News #28 - Hope for Ending Inflation, Sickness, Crime, War
The ChairmanÂ’s Committee, consisting ofÂ Albert SchroederÂ (Chairman), Karl Klein and Grant Suiter, now produced a most unusual document.Â
They supplied a copy to each member of the Governing Body. Briefly put, these three men were suggesting that, rather than applying to people living in 1914, the expression Â“this generationÂ” would begin applying as of 1957, forty-three years later
This is the material exactly as these three members of the Governing Body supplied it to us:
1957 marked the year when the first Russian Sputnik was launched into earthÂ’s outer space. Evidently the ChairmanÂ’s Committee felt that that event could be accepted as marking the start of the fulfillment of these words of Jesus:
"The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken." (Matt. 24:29)
Based on that application, their conclusion would be as they stated:
"Then Â‘this generationÂ’ would refer to contemporary mankind living as knowledgeable ones from 1957 onward."
The three men were not suggesting that 1914 be dropped. It would stay as the Â“end of the Gentile Times.Â” But Â“this generationÂ” would not begin applying until 1957.
In view of the swiftly diminishing numbers of the 1914 generation, this new application of the phrase could undoubtedly prove even more helpful than some person allegedly living to be 130 years old in a certain section of the Soviet Union. As compared with starting in 1914, this new 1957 starting date would give an additional 43 years for the period embraced by the expression Â“this generationÂ” to reach.
Governing Body standards required that for any Committee to recommend something to the full Body there should be unanimous agreement among the Committee members (otherwise the divided viewpoint should be presented to the Body for settlement). The presentation of the novel idea regarding 1957 was therefore one upon which the three members of the ChairmanÂ’s Committee, Schroeder, Klein and Suiter must have agreed.
The Governing Body did not accept the new view proposed by these members. Comments made showed that many considered it fanciful.
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