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As you know, around 1968, the Watchtower announced another countdown for the end of the world (Armageddon). In May of 1974, it wrote:

“Brothers are selling their homes, selling their property, and quitting their jobs to finish out the rest of their days in pioneer service. Does that not warm our hearts? Certainly, this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.”

Earlier, I had asked why we don’t see these kinds of predictions being made by Catholics and Lutherans. One response was, “the difference is spiritual maturity.” That seemed like the best explanation to me.

But as a religion gets older, the members often become more spiritually mature. So I’m wondering how you think Jehovah’s Witnesses would react right now to the same kind of situation.

Let’s suppose that the Watchtower announces that Armageddon is going to happen next year. And let’s suppose that the Watchtower once again orders “all true worshippers of Jehovah to sell their homes, sell their property, quit their jobs, and engage in full-time pioneer work.”

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses now spiritually mature enough that they would ignore that kind of advice? If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, would YOU believe such a prophecy to be true? Would you follow the advice? Why or why not?
@smiling JW: Your profile tells me you love cookies. My profile is open to the public and you can read everything I’ve ever written on Y/A. Here’s a recent post that might help you:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ai4mG9BTTK6mSePBV7ngK5Hty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091026132404AAkOA6q&show=7#profile-info-QztSOUFXaa
@smiling JW: In response to your edit: If you have some specific questions about my doctrinal beliefs, then post a question for me to answer. I’ll give you a very complete response. If it helps you, my doctrines a similar to most independent Baptist churches (fundamental) except that I don’t agree with them about the KJV being the only accurate Bible version. I also don’t agree about interdenominational activities. As an aside, you (and most all JWs) keep your Q/A history private, have minimal details about yourself on the profile, and prevent others from contacting you via email. I’m not like that. I have nothing to hide. You can read everything I’ve written. Also, unlike many JWs, I do not maintain multiple accounts for the purpose of “gaming” the system. So keep in mind, that old adage about the pot calling the kettle black – or what Jesus said about removing the plank from your own eye before you remove the speck of sawdust from your brother’s eye.
Hi Pedro: I understand your line of thinking on this. One could make the argument that the Watchtower never set a specific date – but in order to believe that argument, one would have to play “lawyer games” by arguing about semantics and the word meanings. JWs will say that the Watchtower only “hinted” that the world would end in 1975. But the key question is not semantical analysis, but what the JW membership actually believed from reading the Watchtower. For example, what would YOU believe if you read this statement: “”If you are a young person today, you need to face the fact that you will never grow old. Why not? Because all the evidence indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years.” Now you can take that statement and you can spin it all you want, but you must understand the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses took it quite literally. And there were thousands of similar statements made by the Watchtower. This case is cut-and-dried.
Hi Pedro: Maybe I missing something by reading biased sources and using quotes from those sources (I don’t have direct access to old Watchtower Magazines). But I thought that it was pretty much common knowledge that the Watchtower falsely predicted the end of the world in 1975. Help me understand where I’m wrong. Are you saying that the Watchtower merely “suggested” the end of the world in 1975, but actually did not PREDICT it? And are you saying that all the Jehovah’s Witnesses who took this suggestion literally, were incorrectly reading what the faith & discreet servant had actually meant to say?

7 Thoughts on Jehovah’s Witnesses: If the Watchtower announced Armageddon coming within a year, would you sell your homes?
  1. Reply
    Smiling JW™
    August 8, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hello, Christian, why not answer to my reply I gave earlier instead of making random questions in your, let me see “Christian”, attempt to belittle us.

    Edit: Your profile and link talks about you are a family man with a dog, oh, and non denominational, or in other words you are loyal to nothing.
    What about your religious faith, who are you with, what are your doctrines, what do you practice. If you are going to target Jehovah’s Witnesses then you need to identify yourself. Your profile is not sufficient so you can ask, accuse and heckle Jehovah’s Witnesses yet remain secretive about who you are. Lets have a level ground here.

    Are you the Christian with no name? I know who I stand for.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Al1kZrbsXe1IJK8W_pqvCKvsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20091028124351AASt4Fw

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    DOUGHBOY
    August 8, 2011 at 12:43 am

    ROFL!!!

    This outta be good… sitting back with popcorn in hand.

    Thanks for the laugh… lol.

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    isnrblogdotcalm
    August 8, 2011 at 12:43 am

    There is no reason to think that they wouldn’t since they have in the past.

    That quote was from the Kingdom Ministry of May 1974. I still have my original copy. Many did, in fact sell their houses, quit their jobs, etc.

    They’d do it again.

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    Pedro
    August 8, 2011 at 1:32 am

    First off you question lacks substance, the Watchtower has NEVER announced the yr that Armageddon would come, nor will it.

    Ask yourself, what position would mankind be in today if Jesus had decided that he wanted a furniture factory, and a couple of homes on the Sea of Galilee, instead of (according to your logic) wasting 3 yrs of his life preaching?

    Didn’t Jesus tell us that we should be willing to sell all of your belongings, which would include your home? Are you sure your a Christian? I only ask because your question seems to discount the words of the Greatest Man to EVER live!

    (Luke 12:33-34) “. . .Sell the things belonging to you and give gifts of mercy. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, a never-failing treasure in the heavens, where a thief does not get near nor moth consumes. 34 For where your treasure is, there your hearts will be also.”

    Yes, if I could figure out a way to support my family, and thought that selling my house would be in the best interests of furthering the kingdom message, than yes I would sell my house in a heart beat. It wouldn’t be sold because I thought that armegdon was coming, it would be sold because I wanted to have a full share in fulfilling Matt 24:14.

    You don’t think that your little house is irreplaceable do you?

    (Luke 12:20-21) “. . .God said to him, ‘Unreasonable one, this night they are demanding your soul from you. Who, then, is to have the things you stored up?’ 21 So it goes with the man that lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.””

    Trust me, any house we sell in this system of things can be replaced.

    (Isaiah 65:17, 21, 22) “ . . . For here I am creating new heavens and a new earth; and the former things will not be called to mind, neither will they come up into the heart . . . And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards . . . They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.

    **Edit**
    No offense Scott, but you’ve failed to build a case, in fact it looks more like a colander.
    If you have to to re-arange quotes in order to prove your case, you probably don’t have a case.

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    keiichi
    August 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Question: If the Watchtower announced Armageddon coming within a year, would you sell your homes?

    no.

    Before the war of Armageddon is a great tribulation. Scripture states that the tribulation will last 3.5 years / 42-months / 1,260 days. Before the tribulation can even occur the 7th king must be slain and then revive which will then go on the rampage to kill the saints as the 8th king.

    “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”

    “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”

    Since no one knows when Jesus presence will occur, not even Jesus himself (shows Jesus was human at the time and not any percent God) then the only thing bible students can do is stay on the the watch.

    As a side note, Jesus emphasized that the sign of his presence and the conclusion was not the sign of the end. For example, Christ said that there would be wars and rumors of war, “but the end is not yet.”

    In the next verse, Jesus further stressed that nation warring against nation and the earthquakes and food shortages were merely “a beginning of pangs of distress.”

    So the time of the end is an interval of some duration as opposed to the absolute finale.

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    thekittenators
    August 8, 2011 at 3:04 am

    IT WAS IN THE LATE 1960’S AND AS THE TIME PASSED ONTO THE ARMAGEDDON DUE DATE…….

    PEOPLE WERE SELLING HOMES AND JOBS AND PIONEERING……..

    THEN SEPTEMBER 1, 1975………HIT……..ARMAGEDDON DUE DATE…….AND AS TIME WENT BY………EVERYTHING CAME OUT TO BE A LIE…………

    I REMEMBER AS A TEEN ENTERING A JW CONVENTION…….

    AND THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE JWS…WERE PICKETING WITH SIGNS…………..

    THE ONE PERSON I REMEMBER WHO WAS PICKETING……HAD A SIGN THAT SAID:

    “I GAVE UP HAVING A FAMILY FOR THE JEHOVAHS WITNESSES”

    SHE HAD BLACK HAIR……..I WILL NEVER FORGET HER…….

    I DEEP DOWN INSIDE KNEW THAT WHAT I WAS LIVING AS A CHILD WAS ALL CRAP BUT COULDNT LEAVE UNTIL I COULD GET OUT OF THE HOUSE………

    NOW THERE IS A NEW GENERATION THAT IS WILLING TO FOLLOW HISTORY……….WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED………

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    trustdell1
    August 8, 2011 at 3:26 am

    you’ve taken the KM out of context :

    Here’s what it said :

    Yes, since the summer of 1973 there have been new peaks in pioneers every month. Now there are 20,394 regular and special pioneers in the United States, an all-time peak. That is 5,190 more than there were in February 1973! A 34-percent increase! Does that not warm our hearts? Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.—1 John 2:17.

    “Does that not warm our hearts?” refers to the new peaks in pioneers,

    Reports of selling is not referring to 1975 but to those who want to spend their lives either pioneering or serving in Bethel. As the KM said that is a fine way to spend the short time remaining. They are encouraging people to go to Bethel as well.

    as the KM continues …

    “As you can appreciate, the growth of the preaching work requires many workers at Bethel. Also, there is the continual need to replace those who each year find it necessary to leave. Thus, during 1973 some 360 new workers were called in to the headquarters staff. Presently we are increasing the night shift in the bindery, and to do this the many needed workers were called to Bethel, over one hundred single brothers. So you see why we wanted to bring to your attention the opportunity of Bethel service. We expect that between May and September one hundred more single young brothers will be called to Bethel service.”

    ==

    you said “If you are a young person today, you need to face the fact that you will never grow old. Why not? Because all the evidence indicates that this corrupt system is due to end in a few years.” ”

    Either you misquote that again or that is made up, show the evidence

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