In 1995 the Watchtower removed the following from the its Awake magazine:
Why AWAKE! Is Published …Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.
And replaced it with this:
Why AWAKE! Is Published … Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.
In commenting on the change, the following statement was made:
It must be acknowledged that we have not always taken Jesus’ words in that sense. There is a tendency for imperfect humans to want to be specific about the date when the end will come. Recall that even the apostles sought more specifics, asking: ‘Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?’ – Acts 1:6. With similar sincere intentions, God’s servants in modern times have tried to derive from what Jesus said about ‘generation’ some clear time element calculated from 1914.” (WT, June 1, 1997, p28)
“Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur. ”
The “generation mentioned in Matthew 24:34 had originally been interpreted as those who “saw” the events of 1914. This was claimed to be those who were at least 15 years old, later it became 10 year old and later “new light” revealed it to be babies, those “who were born” in 1914. As this generation grew older it became clear that the Faithful and Discreet Slave had to make a decision. They declared that the change had been made because they now had an “improved” understanding… but of course “the end was still near”.
Perhaps the biggest problem for longstanding Witnesses lay in the fact that the generation doctrine was said to be “the Creator’s promise” (Awake magazine pre 1995) and not just “speculation” as suggested in the Watchtower magazine of Nov 1st 1995. The Faithful and Discreet Slave often excuse themselves by saying that they are ‘imperfect humans’ and they are allowed to correct their errors as we all make mistakes. We do indeed all make mistakes, but the majority of us don’t claim to be the “only channel through whom Jehovah speaks”.
Claiming that the “generation of 1914” will see Armageddon and this was the “Creator’s promise” is far more than just making a mistake, it is yet another false prophecy. Jesus speaking in Matthew 7:15-20 warns that false prophets will arise and they will be known by their fruit. The fruit of a false prophet is false prophecy. Maybe we should just do what The Watchtower tells us to find out if Jesus was speaking about them:
However, Jehovah did not let the people of Christendom, as led by the clergy, go without being warned that the League was a counterfeit substitute for the real kingdom of God. He had a “prophet” to warn them. This “prophet” was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah’s Christian witnesses. They are still proclaiming a warning, and have been joined and assisted in their commissioned work by hundreds of thousands of persons who have listened to their message with belief.
Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?
The Watchtower 1st April 1972.
What does the record show? It shows conclusively that The Watchtower is one of the false prophets that Jesus warned us about. Be aware!