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Good day! What can you tell me regarding the 1975 prediction of Armageddon? I appreciate your response.. Thank you and God bless!

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While there was likely a lot of speculation surrounding 1975 by individuals, no publication ever provided a definitive statement saying that the end would come in 1975. Some articles seemed to say that it was highly possible, though they always qualified it.

For example, the 5/01/67 Watchtower says: 

"...1975 marks the end of 6,000 years of human experience.....Will it be the time when God executes the wicked?....It very well could be, but we will have to wait and seean article in the Watchtower at the end of 1974 and it was referring to what all Witnesses heard at their conventions that summer. So the facts are that anyone who was saying that Armageddon was definitely going to come by 1975 just was not listening carefully. They were doing what critics still do; rip statements out of context and selectively choose only what they want out of the literature.

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I testimoni di Geova hanno effettivamente nutrito delle aspettative errate circa la data in cui sarebbe venuta la fine. Come i discepoli di Gesù del I secolo, abbiamo pensato che qualche profezia stesse per adempiersi quando non era ancora arrivato il tempo stabilito da Dio (

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). Condividiamo il pensiero di Alexander H. Macmillan, un fedele Testimone, che disse: “Ho imparato che dovremmo ammettere i nostri errori e continuare a esaminare la Parola di Dio per essere illuminati”.

Perché allora continuiamo a predicare che la fine è vicina? Perché prendiamo seriamente l’esortazione di Gesù: “Continuate a stare in guardia, siate svegli”. In caso contrario, se cioè Gesù ci trovasse “addormentati”, non potremmo ottenere il suo favore (

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). Come mai?

Pensate ad esempio a un esperto di un centro d’allerta tsunami che, in base ai dati in suo possesso, lancia un allarme. Forse quella volta l’onda anomala non arriva, ma in un’altra occasione la prontezza dell’esperto potrebbe salvare delle vite.

In modo analogo, a volte abbiamo nutrito aspettative errate circa la data della fine. Ma ci interessa di più ubbidire a Gesù e salvare delle vite che evitare le critiche. Il comando di Gesù di “dare completa testimonianza” ci spinge ad avvertire gli altri riguardo alla fine (

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Crediamo che, anziché concentrarsi su quando verrà la fine, sia più importante avere fiducia che la fine verrà, e agire di conseguenza. Prendiamo seriamente le parole di 

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, che dice: “Anche se [la fine] dovesse attardarsi [rispetto alle previsioni], attendila; poiché si avvererà immancabilmente. Non tarderà”.

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