List of Embarrassing Watchtower Doomsday Predictions That Have Not Come True.
2008 Watchtower Prediction.
'Christendom’s clergy are lawless in that they have misled millions by promoting teachings, holidays, and behavior contrary to the Bible. Like the religious leaders whom Jesus condemned, the modern-day worshippers who are part of “the son of destruction” face destruction with no hope of a resurrection. ...
Additional “disgusting things” include acts of pedophilia and other forms of sexual immorality committed by clergymen and tolerated by the church authorities. Is it any wonder that Jehovah God will soon rid this earth of false religion?' Watchtower June 15, 2008, Article: 'Things From Which We Must Flee', par 7, 10
( NOTE: Even though they criticize the Christendom's clergy for tolerating pedophilia and sexual immorality, the Watchtower has recently come under fire for the same sins. See Child Abuse News Documentaries )
1966 - 1975 Watchtower Predictions.
'Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man’s existence coincides with the sabbathlike thousand-year reign of Christ. If these two periods run parallel with each other as to the calendar year, it will not be by mere chance or accident but will be according to Jehovah’s loving and timely purposes. Our chronology, however, which is reasonably accurate (but admittedly not infallible), at the best only points to the autumn of 1975 as the end of 6,000 years of man’s existence on earth. It does not necessarily mean that 1975 marks the end of the first 6,000 years of Jehovah’s seventh creative “day.” Why not? Because after his creation Adam lived some time during the “sixth day,” which unknown amount of time would need to be subtracted from Adam’s 930 years, to determine when the sixth seven-thousand-year period or “day” ended, and how long Adam lived into the “seventh day.” And yet the end of that sixth creative “day” could end within the same Gregorian calendar year of Adam’s creation. It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.' Watchtower Aug 15, 1968, Article: 'Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?', par 30
1961 Watchtower Prediction.
'None of the mighty, missile-brandishing nations of this nuclear age will be able to save face, glory or honor when Jehovah executes judgment on them at Armageddon. The proud clergy of Christendom’s sects, together with the “majestic ones” of their flock, will likewise perish in dishonor.' WT, Aug 15, 1961, Article: 'Honoring Jehovah', par 13
1960 Watchtower Prediction.
'The fiery furnace of the illustration in which the weeds were destroyed finds its fulfillment in the coming battle of Armageddon. At that time the large crop of weeds that Christendom has produced under her unscriptural clergy and laity system will be consumed in the fiery destruction of God’s wrath.' WT, Oct 1, 1960, Article: 'The Great Wheat Harvest', Subtitle: 'Separating Wheat From Weeds', 5th par
1954 Watchtower Prediction.
'Because the clergy have no spiritual food, ... Soon Armageddon’s war will wipe out heathendom and Christendom.' Watchtower Feb 15, 1954, Article: 'Spiritual Apathy Torments Clergy.', last par
1938 Watchtower Prediction.
'mark the words of Jesus, which definitely seem to discourage
the bearing of children immediately before
or during Armageddon' Watchtower Nov 1, 1938, p 324 par 5
1920 - 1925 Watchtower Predictions.
In 1920 the Watchtower booklet Millions Now Living Will Never Die, predicted the ancient patriarchs and prophets, "the faithful ones of old", to be resurrected to earthly life in 1925 as a prelude to a general physical resurrection of faithful followers of God destined for everlasting life on earth.
In 1925 (much like 1975), JW's were advised to put aside personal interests and spend 'the few remaining months' doing Jehovah's work.
"For the Elect's Sake", The Watch Tower, May 1, 1925, pg. 137, "We are well along in 1925. Let everyone now who really loves the Lord put aside selfishness and, moved by the spirit of a loving devotion to the cause of righteousness, make the few remaining months the greatest witness yet given for the King and his kingdom."
1917 - 1918 Watchtower Predictions.
'in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of 'Christianity'. ' The Finished Mystery, p 484,185, (published in 1917) and requoted in Crisis of Conscience, Raymond Franz, 4th edition, 2008, Commentary Press, p 208
1889 - 1914 Watchtower Predictions.
'within the coming twenty-six years all present governments will be overthrown and dissolved. ... we consider it an established truth that the end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished at the end of A. D. 1914.' The Time Is At Hand, p 98,99, published in 1889, and requoted in Crisis of Conscience, Raymond Franz, 4th edition, 2008, Commentary Press, p 193
'TO MARRY OR NOT TO MARRY.' 'The time is so short! It is not so much the years now, but we can count the time in weeks and days ... it is only about one hundred and fifty weeks until the last member of the little flock shall have passed beyond the second veil.' WT, Jan 15, 1912, 4959, 4960
Watchtower Predictions About JW's Who Leave Their Religion.
'Apostates feigning love are as dangerous to our faith as rocks hidden below water are to ships or swimmers. False teachers may seem to be generous, but they are like waterless clouds in that they are spiritually empty. Such ones are as fruitless as dead trees in late autumn. They face destruction, as do uprooted trees. Wise we are to shun apostates.' The Watchtower, Dec 15, 2008, Article: 'Jehovah’s Word Is Alive Highlights From the Letters of John and of Jude', Subtitle: '“KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE”', (12)
Bible Warnings About False Prophets.
What Did Jesus Say About Judging and Self Righteousness?
When the Watchtower makes predictions of God's anger upon everyone other than JW's, they are judging people, their beliefs, and their religions. Jesus told us not to judge.
Compare the above Watchtower predictions with the following words of Jesus.
'Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.' Matthew 7:1-5
'To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed abouta himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.' Luke 18:9-14
Why does the Watchtower judge all other religions and JW's who leave? Why do they predict what God will do? Jesus did not teach these things. Jesus said that people who love their neighbors and enemies become 'sons of the Most High'. Luke 6:27-42
Although the Watchtower believes their knowledge comes from God, they have been misled. Jesus told us not to judge and claim superiority over others. Even the Watchtower admits that making predictions about the future is a 'serious sin'. WT, Mar 1, 1987, Article: 'Your Future—A Better Way to Learn About It', Box on page 5. Also see Mathew 24:48-51
Judgment Vs Observation.
There is a difference between judging and disagreeing. Here are some examples of how the Watchtower judges people outside their organization.
Judgments of the WT.
God Vs Satan.
None of us are perfect. All of us are doing our best to be God-like and resist evil. We commend the Watchtower for the good things they teach. Their heart is in the right place. However everyone falls short of God's love from time to time. As we pray to God for understanding, we receive messages from God's spirit and messages from evil spirits who are trying to deceive us. The Bible says that 'Satan masquerades as an angel of light'. 2 Cor 11:14
Love is the common thread that connects all of the world's major religions. However no one is immune to the temptations of Satan to be unkind, judgmental, self righteous, and self important. All of us receive messages from God that are loving and messages from Satan that are not.
Messages From God Vs Predictions From Satan. What's the Difference?
The way to know if predictions and messages from spirit are from God or from Satan is to ask questions such as these.
- Are my messages from spirit loving?
- Do I believe that I am better or more righteous than others? Luke 18:9-14
- Do my messages from spirit connect me with my neighbors or separate me? See Isolation From The World
- Failed Watchtower Predictions with references
- Watchtower quotes: Predicting The Future Is A 'Serious Sin'
- Watchtower quotes: About Being God's Prophet
- Watchtower quotes: About Being God's Only Channel of Communication to the world
- Watchtower Predictions On Wikipedia
- Prophecy Blunders of Jehovah's Witnesses (WT quotes, 1877 - 1995)
- How to know if spirit messages are from God or Satan. See Spirit Communications
God's Channel of Communication.
Since God is a spirit and the organization claims to be Jehovah God's channel of communication, they must be speaking on behalf of God and in his name. They are channeling messages from God, just like Christians do when God answers prayer.
As 'God's channel of communication', rebellion against the organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
The Watchtower says this about their organization. 'By word or action, may we never challenge the channel of communication that Jehovah is using today. ... we should cherish our privilege to cooperate with the slave class.' Watchtower Nov 15, 2009, article, 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
In the above article, the organization cautions Jehovah's Witnesses against disobedience, disrespect, and a spirit of independence. JW's are told to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead.
(Note: If you are not familiar with the term 'slave class', it refers to God's channel of communication today, i.e. the 'anointed' ones of the 144,000, ( 144000 ) the Governing Body and leaders who interpret the Bible for all Jehovah's Witnesses. For a better understanding of the channel of communication Jehovah's Witnesses refer to, please take a look at this article, God's Slave)
God's 'Spirit-Directed' Organization.
The Watchtower says this about their 'spirit-directed' organization. 'The Scriptures repeatedly mention the baptism of believers. ...
Only if the individual answers in the affirmative and also understands that his dedication and baptism identify him as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization can he acceptably undergo water immersion.' Watchtower Jan 15, 1989, Article: 'What Prevents You From Getting Baptized?', par 18 (As an interesting aside, this Watchtower article uses the masculine words 'his', 'him', and 'he' when referring to an individual wanting to be baptized. See Gender Equality)