March 2007

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15

1935

Perhaps no religious group in the world has made more predictions giving specific dates than the Jehovah's Witnesses. They are especially good at dates concerning things that have happened invisibily and to no one else.

In 1914 the Lord Jesus returned invisibly. In 1935 God decreed that now no new believers would enter into heaven. No other organization heard these invisible instructions. 1935 was the cutoff date for the 144,000 anointed ones who would go to heaven. This select group of people would come primarily from modern day Jehovah's Witnesses. Faithful witnesses today will NOT go to heaven, but have the hope of life forever on a paradise earth.

The September 15, 1997 Watchtower page 14 and 15 gives this information about the 1935 generation:

" And for over 60 years now, God has been using these anointed ones to spearhead the work of making disciples of people to whom he has given the wonderful hope of life eternal on a paradise earth. The Watchtower's anointed class is preaching its last message to a generation which is quickly coming to a close. No wonder Jehovah's Witnesses who have longed for the end for so long have accepted this message with a renewed excitement. This is the end of a long line of predictions from the Society and the last chance for the 1935 generation of Watchtower survivors to enter into paradise alive."

The following month complimented this indicating that following 1935 witnesses now were refraining from taking the "memorial" (Lord's Supper), which was for the anointed only. Their hope was an earthly hope because the Watchtower said so. From the Watchtower October 1, 1997 page 23 they say:

In 1935 we came to understand that the "great crowd" was not a secondary heavenly class. We learned that it instead represents a class that survives the great tribulation and has the opportunity of living forever in Paradise on earth. (Revelation 7:9-14) With this new understanding, some who had partaken of the Memorial emblems realized that theirs was an earthly hope, and they discontinued partaking.

At the turn of the millennium, the Watchtower admitted this remnant class is very old but they won't all die before the great tribulation:

Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller. Yet, referring to the great tribulation, Jesus stated: "Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short." (Mathew 24:21,22) Evidently, then, some of Christ's "chosen ones" will still be on Earth when the great tribulation begins. (The Watchtower Jan 15, 2000 pg 13)

It is hard to imagine, that an organization can claim to be a faithful spokesman for God, and develop and modify dates that are no where seen in the Bible. Furthermore, given this insight concerning 1935 and those that lived in that day, the anointed from that date are almost entirely dead by now. Where is the predicted return.

This seems like a close parallel to those scribes and Pharisees that Jesus criticized:

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Matt 23:13)

All that experience the new birth will enter into heaven and spend eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ. Witnesses are told they don't have to be born again since this only applies to the 144,000. Jesus however said "unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God."

In I John 5:1 salvation comes to "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." No restrictions. John 1:12 says "But to as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the Children of God."

What a blessed hope that all who are children of God by Faith in the Gospel, we will see Him and dwell with our Lord for all eternity.

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