Identifying True Worship, Part 7: Scriptural Evidence for the 1914 Doctrine of Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Hello my name’s Eric Wilson. This is the third video in our series about 1914, and in this video we’re going to look at the scriptural
evidence for 1914, to see whether there is a basis in the Bible to believe in this doctrine.
This doctrine is so important to Jehovah’s Witnesses that it is hard to imagine the organization
without it. For example, core to our beliefs is the thought that we are in the last days,
and that the last days began in 1914, and that the generation will see the end of the
last days began in 1914 and will end, or will not end, before Armageddon comes. But beyond
that, there is the belief that the Governing Body was appointed by Jesus in 1919 to be
the faithful and discreet slave, the channel by which God communicates with his flock on
earth. If 1914 didn’t happen—that is if Jesus was not enthroned as the messianic king
in 1914—then there is no basis to believe that five years later, after his enthronement
and subsequent inspection of the earth, of his house, of the Christian congregation,
that he settled on the group of Bible students which became Jehovah’s Witnesses. There’s
no basis for that belief, if he wasn’t enthroned in 1914. So, in a sentence: No 1914, no 1919;
no 1919, no Governing Body appointment as the faithful and discreet slave; no authority
structure over the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses; no divine endorsement. That’s how
important 1914 is. Okay, so, before we get into it, since we have decided we’re going
to examine the Bible exegetically; in other words, we’re going to let the Bible interpret
itself, let’s not go into this discussion with a whole bunch of beliefs on our back.
Rather, let’s go in with a clear mind and we’re going to read the verses that are
used to support the 1914 doctrine, and see if, in those verses, there is any basis for
any such belief. Or perhaps more accurately, we’ll say, as we read those verses, we will
determine what they say to us. What is the Bible saying? How does it speak with regard
to that prophecy? Now the prophecy is found in Daniel chapter 4, the whole chapter. But
to give you little historic background: This is a vision or dreams of the night that the
king of the world Empire at that time, Babylon, received, and they disturbed him very much.
His name was Nebuchadnezzar, and he had conquered Jerusalem. He had done what no king had done
in the thousand years of existence of the nation of Israel, since Moses founded the
nation until that time. No king had conquered it to the extent that he had done, subjugating
it, destroying the capital, destroying the temple and taking all the people off the land,
leaving it desolate. The previous world power Assyria tried to do something like that. Sennacherib
came against them. King Hezekiah, the king of Judah at the time prayed to God, and Jehovah
God gave them salvation in the form of one angel who decimated the army of the Assyrians;
185,000 soldiers were killed in one night, and Sennacherib, going back to his country,
tail between his legs, had to admit defeat. So, now comes Nebuchadnezzar, and no such
thing happens to him. He conquers the nation of Israel, takes them all into Babylon. So,
he’s beginning to think a little too much of himself, and this has to be dealt with.
So, as we read Daniel 4, we’ll start with verse 10: “In the visions of my head.”
This is that this is Nebuchadnezzar speaking. “‘In the visions of my head while on my
bed, I saw a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was enormous. The tree grew
and became strong, and its top reached the heavens, and it was visible to the ends of
the whole earth. Its foliage was beautiful, and its fruit was abundant, and there was
food on it for all. Beneath it the beasts of the field would seek shade, and on its
branches the birds of the heavens would dwell, and all creatures would feed from it. “‘As
I viewed the visions of my head while on my bed, I saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down
from the heavens. He called out loudly: “Chop down the tree, cut off its branches, shake
off its leaves, and scatter its fruit! Let the beasts flee from beneath it, and the birds
from its branches. But leave the stump with its roots in the ground, with a banding of
iron and of copper, among the grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of the heavens,
and let its portion be with the beasts among the vegetation of the earth. Let its heart
be changed from that of a human, and let it be given the heart of a beast, and let seven
times pass over it. This is by the decree of watchers, and the request is by the word
of the holy ones, so that people living may know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom
of mankind and that he gives it to whomever he wants, and he sets up over it even the
lowliest of men.”” Now he’s relating this to Daniel, and Jehovah God as part of
this humbling, humiliation indeed, of this king, requires him to go to one of his people,
one of the Israelites to get the interpretation. None of the Babylonian magic practising priests
can interpret it, but Daniel can. So right away he’s forced to recognize the authority
of God. Daniel gives him the interpretation, but notice, the point of the vision is stated
right in the vision: ‘that people living may know that the Most High is ruler in the
kingdom of the heavens and that he gives it to whomever he wants’. In other words, Jehovah
is saying. “You think you’re something Nebuchadnezzar, because you conquered my people. I let you
conquer my people. You were a tool in my hands. They needed to be disciplined, I used you.
I can take you down. I can put your back up. Anything I want, I can do.” So, he’s showing
this man exactly who he is and where he stands, and it’s not where Nebuchadnezzar imagines
he is. So, Daniel gives the interpretation. We’re going to skip a little bit simply
because there’s a lot here and our time is limited, but I would recommend you read the
entire chapter carefully, meditatively, and prayerfully, to see how it speaks to you.
What is it actually saying? You will notice as you read it that this key point about the
Most High being the ruler in the kingdom of mankind is repeated three times for emphasis.
So, in verse 20 Daniel says the tree, it is you, oh king, because you have grown great
and become strong, and your grandeur has grown and reached to the heavens, and your rulership
to the ends of the earth. So, who is the tree? It’s the king, it’s Nebuchadnezzar. Is there
anyone else? Does Daniel say there’s a secondary fulfillment; there’s another king? No. One
fulfillment he gives. Verse 33 jumps ahead to the time a year later when this prophecy
was fulfilled. Verse 33 of Daniel 4, we read: “At that moment the word was fulfilled on
Nebuchadnezzar and he was driven away from mankind.” Now what was the moment? If we
read the previous verses, he was walking around in his palace boasting to himself of how wonderful
he was. And then a voice from heaven said, “Ah, now you’ll find out.” Not exactly
in those words. So, he was driven away from mankind. Going back to verse 33, “and he
began to eat vegetation just like the bulls and his body became wet with the dew of the
heavens, until his hair grew long just like eagles’ feathers and his nails were like
birds’ claws.” That’s interesting to include that. He was driven mad for seven times. Now,
Witnesses believe this was seven years but in Hebrew the word that’s translated there
“time, times”, can mean seasons. It can mean periods of time. It isn’t always a one-for-one
relationship with year, and if it is, are we talking lunar year, solar year, prophetic
year—a lot of vagueness there. It’s not really important. It was just a significant
period of time. If it was seasons, then you’ve got spring, summer, fall, winter, or sometimes
rainy season, dry season, depending on what part of the world you’re in. Whatever it
was, his hair grew long enough that it was matted together like eagles’ feathers. Now
eagles’ feathers are about 15 to 18 inches long. So, assuming average hair growth, assuming
the long hair that they wore in those days, after a couple of years, or about seven seasons,
his hair would grow to that length. Now it’s not conclusive; could have been seven years
and his hair could have stopped going after two. But anyways, it gives us some indication
that there is ambiguity. We cannot say for certain that a time is a year. Okay, carrying
on in verse 34, ““At the end of that time I, Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar, looked up to the
heavens, and my understanding returned to me; and I praised the Most High, and to the
One living forever I gave praise and glory, because his rulership is an everlasting rulership
and his kingdom is for generation after generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are regarded
as nothing, and he does according to his own will among the army of the heavens and the
inhabitants of the earth. And there is no one who can hinder him or say to him, ‘What
have you done?’ “At that time my understanding returned to me, and the glory of my kingdom,
my majesty, and my splendor returned to me. My high officials and nobles eagerly sought
me out, and I was restored to my kingdom, and even more greatness was added to me. “Now
I, Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar, am praising and exalting and glorifying the King of the heavens,
because all his works are truth and his ways are just, and because he is able to humiliate
those who are walking in pride.”” So, if you look at those verses. Do you see any
indication of a secondary fulfillment? What is the purpose of this prophecy? Why was it
given? It was given to make a point, not just to Nebuchadnezzar who needed to be humiliated
because he had conquered Jehovah’s people and thought it was all him, but also for all
humans, and all kings, and all presidents and dictators—you name it—to understand
that they serve at the pleasure of God. He allows them to serve, because it is his will
to do so for a period of time. And when it’s no longer his will or his desire to do so,
He can take them out in a fraction of a second, just as he did to Nebuchadnezzar; and he can
put them back, if he wants to as well. And He did just this way, because if he’d just
gone mad, anybody could have said, “Oh, he went mad. People go mad.” Or even somebody
could have maybe attacked him and poisoned him to get him out of the way, to take over
his rule. But no, he went mad, just for the same length or period he was told he would
go do so. And then he was restored, something which didn’t happen in those days. When
the king was down, all the ones with ambition took over. But no, his place was held for
him. Remarkable. That’s what God said would happen, and that’s exactly what happened.
Okay, so, now the reason I keep asking you if you see any future fulfillment in this
is because for 1914 to factor in, we have to look at this prophecy and say there is
a secondary fulfillment or as we say, an antitypical fulfillment. This was the type, the minor
fulfillment and the antitype of the major fulfillment is the enthronement of Jesus,
the lowliest of man, and it does mention the lowliest of men. He was…it was he died on
stake. He died in this…in the most lowly and weak of consequences or circumstances,
and that he was raised to be a king over all things. All authority was given him in heaven
and earth—Matthew 28:18. So, we could say, it could apply to that, but all we can really
take from this is that at best, we have an object lesson that applies to all kings, including
Jesus. But is it more than that? Is it a time calculation? Well, there is nothing here to
indicate that. There is nothing applied in Scripture to indicate this has a secondary
fulfillment. Why is that important? That’s very important because, according to David
Splane, if we don’t have an antitypical application established in Scripture, then we don’t have
an antitypical application at all; and to imply that there is one is to go beyond what
is written. Here are his words: “Who is to decide if a person or an event is a type
if the word of God doesn’t say anything about it? Who is qualified to do that? We can do
no better than to quote our beloved brother Albert Schroeder who said, ‘We need to exercise
great care when applying accounts in the Hebrew Scriptures as prophetic patterns or types
if these accounts are not applied in the Scriptures themselves.’ Wasn’t that a beautiful statement?
We agree with it. Well in recent years, the trend in our publications has been to look
for the practical application of Bible events and not for types where the Scriptures themselves
do not clearly identify them as such. We simply cannot go beyond what is written.” Okay,
so we have to make an assumption. We have to make an assumption that this is an exception
to that rule. One assumption. Now you know how dangerous assumptions are. If you have
a chain, and one link is made of paper and the rest are steel, the chain isn’t as strong
as the steel links, it’s only strong as the paper link. A chain is always a strong as
its weakest link, and we already have one assumption which, if wrong, causes the whole
chain to comes apart. But as you will see as we go through this consideration, there
are almost 2 dozen links that are made of paper. Assumptions—almost 2 dozen assumptions.
We have to assume something to be so for the interpretation of this prophecy to work in
an antitypical fulfillment. So, what are some of these assumptions. Well, the next one is
taken from Acts 1:6, 7. Let’s have a look at that. At Acts 1:6 it reads, “This is
why the disciples asked Jesus, are you restoring the kingdom of Israel at this time.” Now
this happened just as Jesus was about to be taken into heaven and they think, now that
he’s resurrected and he’s powerful, that he’s going to restore the kingdom of Israel. What
is kingdom of Israel? This is the kingdom of the Davidic throne and Jesus is said to
be the Davidic king. He sits on the throne of David and the kingdom of Israel, and this
in that sense was Israel itself. They didn’t understand that there would be a spiritual
Israel that would go beyond the natural Jews. But they were asking, are you restoring it
at this time and the important thing is his answer, which comes in the next verse, “He
said to them. It does not belong to you to know the times and seasons that the Father
has placed in his own jurisdiction.” Now hold on just a moment. If the prophecy of
Daniel was intended to give us an accurate, almost to the month, indication of when Jesus
would be enthroned on the throne of Israel, on the Davidic throne, why did he say this,
why wouldn’t he say, “Well, if you want to know, look at Daniel, I’ve already told
you before, look at Daniel and let the reader use discernment, so go back and look at Daniel”?
And of course, they could’ve gone into the temple and found out exactly when this prophecy
would’ve started, because they had the actual chronology of everything that happened laid
out in written form in the archives. So they could’ve done a simple calculation and said,
“Oh, man, you’re not coming for like another 2000 years.” But he didn’t say that. He
said, “It doesn’t belong to you to know.” Well, that seems contradictory and almost
dishonest, because there’s a prophecy intended for them to know and now he’s telling them
he doesn’t belong to you. So how do we get around that? Well, as Witnesses, we made another
assumption. We should let didn’t belong to them, but it belongs to us. Okay, on what
basis do we say that we’re exempt from that injunction, that prohibition, to know this
particular time and season that Jehovah has put in his own jurisdiction. For that we go
back to Daniel. Daniel 12:1 to 2, we read, “During that time Michael will stand up,
the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people.” Now we believe that the
great prince here is Jesus Christ; that Michael the Archangel is Jesus Christ. There’s a
reason to doubt that, but that’s another discussion we won’t get into. Carrying on,
“And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came
to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone
who is found written down in the book. And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth
will wake up, some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt.
And those having insight will shine as brightly as the expanse of heaven, and those bringing
the many to righteousness like the stars, forever and ever. As for you, Daniel, keep
the words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rove about,
and the true knowledge will become abundant.” (Da 12:1-4) Aha! This applies to the last
days, and we’re in the last days. Well, now the problem with that is, we believe we’re
in the last days because we have 1914 as our core doctrine. But isn’t that circular reasoning?
This must apply because we’re in the last days, and how do we know we’re in the last
days? Because we know that 1914 is true. Now we know that 1914 is true? Because of our
interpretation of these verses, applying to us in the last days. That’s circular reasoning.
Let’s go back and let the Bible speak for itself. Going back to verse one. It says,
“the great prince standing behalf of your people.” So, here’s Daniel, and the angel
says to him, “There’s a great prince standing behalf of your people.” Who’s he going to
think? Oh yes, because in 2500 years, there’s going to be a group called Jehovah’s Witnesses
that are my people. No. Or there is going to be a group of Christians in 500, 600 years
that are going to be spiritual Israelites. They’re my people. He would’ve understood
it to mean his people, the Jews. Would that be reasonable? Well, it is certainly evident
from this without introducing any kind of weird reasoning. He’s talking about Daniel’s
people. It says there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there
came to be a nation until that time. Does that sound familiar to you? Let’s go to Matthew
24. In Matthew 24:21 we read, “for then there will be great tribulation such as has
not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again.” That
sounds eerily similar to the word spoken to Daniel about this time of distress and in
the Hebrew Scriptures, you don’t find the word “tribulation”, but the same word
that is translated “tribulation” in English, when translated from the Greek is often translated
“distress” in Hebrew, and translating from the Hebrew the two words in Greek and
Hebrew carry the same idea of tribulation or distress. And so, here you have two parallel
verses. Jesus is clearly speaking—all we have to do is read the context from verse
15 on—of Jerusalem and of Judea. Daniel’s people, the Jews. So, so far, we haven’t found
any way to bring this forward to our day. Going back to Daniel 12, the third part of
the first verse, “and during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found
written down in the book.” Now let’s gor back to Matthew 24:16 this time: “then let
those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains.” Again, who is fleeing to the mountains? The
Jews who were in Jerusalem, the Christianized Jews; the ones who understood Jesus words
and fled. “Everyone written down in the book will escape”. So far, we’re still
in the first century. Daniel 12:2 “and many of those asleep in the dust will wake up,
some to everlasting life and others to reproach and to everlasting contempt.” Okay, is he
talking literally about a literal resurrection? We want to stay in the context. We want everything
to harmonize. Okay, looking again at Matthew 8:22 this time, we find Jesus saying the following
words: “Keep following me, and let the dead bury the dead.” Literal dead cannot bury
the dead. He’s talking about spiritual dead; those who are dead in their sins. Romans 6:13,
“but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead.” Again, the dead is
dead in a spiritual sense. Christians are alive from the dead, they have woken up. They
have been declared righteous and as being declared righteous when they die, they are
immediately placed in that category, whereupon resurrection, they are given immortal life.
So, they have awoken from the dead, just as Daniel was promised. Now let’s look at Daniel
chapter 12:3, “and those having insight will shine as brightly as the expanse of heaven,
and those bringing the many to righteousness like the stars, forever and ever.” This
is what we think applies to us. That in the 19th century, many began to wake up and began
to shine brightly. Well, that’s true, but is that what Daniel is talking about? Did
this happen in the first century? Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world.”
5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men.” Now, we get to the really neat Scripture,
the one that is used to try to support the idea that only in our century was the injunction
against understanding the times and seasons of God lifted. Daniel 12:4, “and as for
you, Daniel, keep the words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many
will rove about and the true knowledge will become abundant.” Aha, well, it’s got
apply to our day, because we’re in the time of the end. Hold on, hold on. Acts 2:14 says
(This is Peter talking) “But Peter stood up with the Eleven and spoke to them in a
loud voice: “Men of Judea and all you inhabitants of Jerusalem, let this be known to you and
listen carefully to my words. These people are, in fact, not drunk, as you suppose, for
it is the third hour of the day.” What is he talking about. He’s talking about the
Christians who had been anointed with holy spirit and were acting…were speaking in
tongues. Verse 16 says, “On the contrary, this is what was said through the prophet
Joel: ‘“And in the last days,” God says, “I will pour out some of my spirit on every
sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see
visions and your old men will dream dreams, and even on my male slaves and on my female
slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Well,
that sounds a lot like roving about, doesn’t it? And that’s exactly what they were doing.
They were roving about in the Scriptures, the true knowledge had become abundant, the
sacred secret had been revealed. Jesus revealed the sacred secret. Colossians 1:26, 27 says,
“The sacred secret that was hidden from the past systems of things and from the past
generations,” which would include Daniel’s generation, “but now it has been made manifest
to his holy ones to whom God has been pleased to make known what are the glorious riches
of his sacred secret among the nations.” Colossians 2:2, 3 says, “with a view to
an accurate knowledge of the sacred secret of God, namely, Christ. Carefully concealed
in him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” “All the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge.” John 15:15, “I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not
know what his master does. I have called you friends, because all the things”—”all
the things”—I’ve heard from my Father, I have made known to you.” So, the true
knowledge did become abundant in the first century. We don’t have any more knowledge
than they did. We have speculation, we have conjecture, we have interpretation, but actual
knowledge of facts? It was all written down in the first century. No inspired writers
have come forward since then to add to it. So far we’re up to 10 assumptions. Would
you like to hear them? Assumption number one: Nebuchadnezzar’s dream has a modern-day antitypical
fulfillment. There’s nothing the Bible to indicate that. It goes against our current
official teaching. And yet, that is what we have to accept if we’re going to accept
1914, and everything else that goes with it. That’s a big assumption. Assumption number
2: The injunction at acts 1:7—“It does not belong to you to know the times and seasons
which the Father has put in his own jurisdiction”—does not apply to Jehovah’s Witnesses. That restriction
from Jesus given to Christians is something that we’re exempt from. Assumption number
2. Now the third assumption: When Daniel 12:4 says “the true knowledge will become abundant”,
it includes knowledge hitherto restricted by God. So, what we’re saying is not only
is true knowledge abundant, but even secrets that God has placed in his own jurisdiction
are also now abundantly known. Assumption number 4: Daniel’s people referred to in the
first verse of chapter 12 are not the Jews, but Jehovah’s Witnesses. Assumption number
5: the great tribulation or great distress that Daniel 12:1 mentions, does not refer
to the destruction of Jerusalem, despite what Jesus said at Matthew 24. Assumption 6: those
who Daniel was told would escape does not refer to the Jewish Christians in the first
century who escape the destruction of the great tribulation of that day. No, it refers
to Jehovah’s Witnesses at Armageddon. Assumption number 7: Again, back in Daniel chapter 12:1,
it says Michael will stand up. Michael did not stand up for the Jews in the last days—we
have to assume that just as Peter said—but he will stand up for Jehovah’s Witnesses now.
Assumption 8: First century Christians did not shine brightly and did not bring many
to righteousness as Daniel foretold. That applies to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Assumption
number 9: Daniel 12:2 speaks of many Jehovah’s Witnesses who were asleep in the dust waking
up to everlasting life. It does not refer to the Jews in the first century getting the
truth from Jesus and waking up to life. Assumption 10: Despite Peter’s words, Daniel 12:4 does
not refer to the time of the end of Daniel’s people the Jews. It does not refer to the
time of the end that Peter spoke about at Acts 2. It refers to our day. Assumption 11:
Daniel 12:1-4 has no first century fulfillment and the whole thing applies to our day. Now,
there’s more assumptions. We’ve got 11 so far. Now, were going to see what Jehovah’s
Witnesses explain regarding Daniel chapter 4. You’ll find it in the appendix of What
Does the Bible Really Teach. We used to teach this as one of our principal teachings. Now
we stick it in the Appendix and, I think, hope most people won’t notice. So looking
at the Appendix, the title is “1914—a Significant Year in Bible Prophecy”, and
in the introduction, the first paragraph says, “Decades in advance, Bible students proclaimed
that there would be significant developments in 1914. What were these, and what evidence
points to 1914 as such an important year?” Now, it’s true that Bible students did point
to 1914 as the year in which there would be significant developments, but what developments
are we talking about? What developments would you assume are being referred to? The conclusion
of this appendix item says, “Just as Jesus predicted, his “presence” as heavenly
King has been marked by dramatic world developments—war, famine, earthquakes, pestilences. Such developments
bear powerful testimony to the fact that 1914 indeed marked the birth of God’s heavenly
Kingdom and the beginning of the last days of this present wicked system.” Okay, so
it is the presence of Jesus Christ enthroned that was foretold by these Bible students
proclaimed decades in advance. How many decades in advance? Well, William Miller who was kind
of the granddaddy of the Adventist movement proclaimed that 1843 or 1844 would be the
time in which Jesus came back, when he returned. He used everything from Daniel. He believed
in the 2,520 years, the whole calculation. The only thing he got wrong, or shall we say,
the only thing in which he differed from us as Jehovah’s Witnesses was the start date.
He thought it started with the capture of Manasseh, King Manasseh, and so he calculated
from that date, and he came up with 1843/1844. Of course, nothing happened in those years
and there was a great disillusionment. Nevertheless, other Adventists found this whole thing so
intriguing and they just reworked the start year. So, along comes Nelson Barbour, and
he thinks that 1914 would be the beginning of the end; it would be the start of the great
tribulation. Not the presence of Christ, and matter of fact, he believed 1874 was the year
in which Christ was present invisibly in the heavens. He met up with Russell and convinced
Russell of his chronology. Up to that point, Russell had been down on the whole idea of
prophetic chronology, but his meeting with Nelson Barbour stimulated his creative juices,
and he grasped hold of this wonderful, intriguing decoding of Bible chronology and even when
Nelson Barbour abandoned Jesus, because he claimed that the ransom of Jesus did not occur;
that there is no value to Jesus death, as a ransom, which is kind of the definition
of the antichrist. But even then, although Russell cut off association with him, he held
on to his doctrine and continued to preach that 1914 was the start of the great tribulation,
not to start of Christ presence. And in the golden age in 1930 is the first reference
I’ve been able to find in which that was changed. It is just a kind of a marginal,
almost a throwaway statement by Judge Rutherford, the second president of the Watch Tower Bible
and Tract Society and he wrote, “Jesus has been present since 1914.” That’s it. No
explanation why. So that I was a first time, I’ve been able to find any record of a change.
So, to say that decades in advance, Bible students believed 1914 was a year that was
significant in Bible prophecy is very misleading, especially when you add the conclusion which
clearly states that it was Christ’s presence that began in 1914. The fact is, Bible students
did not—none of them predicted Christ’s presence in 1914, prior to 1914, and the first
time the Bible students are even mentioned as changing the date to 1914 for Christ’s
presence is 1930. Okay, so that statement then in the appendix is…that’s false.
Is that a lie? We might say, well, a lie is kind of a strong word to use, but I’m not
using it. Gerrit Losch is. Let’s listen to how he defines a lie. A lie is a false statement
deliberately presented as being true. A falsehood. “A lie is the opposite of the truth. Lying
involves saying something incorrect to a person who is entitled to know the truth about a
matter. But there is also something that is called a half-truth. The Bible tells Christians
to be honest with each other. “Now that you have put away deceit, speak truth”,
wrote the apostle Paul at Ephesians 4:25. Lies and half-truths undermine trust. The
German proverb says, “Who lies once is not believed, even if he says the truth.” So
we need to speak openly and honestly with each other, not withholding bits of information
that could change the perception of the listener or mislead him.” So, there you have it.
We had the right to know something, but instead of telling us the thing we should have had
the right to know, it is hidden from us, and we are being misled to a wrong conclusion.
By Gerrit Losch’s definition, we’ve been lied to. But here’s something more interesting.
If Russell and Rutherford received new light from God to help them understand that Daniel
chapter 4 applied to our day, then, so did William Miller, and so did Nelson Barbour,
and all the other Adventists that accepted this prophecy. There were thousands of them.
So, what we’re saying is, Jehovah revealed partial truth to William Miller, but he just
didn’t reveal the start date. He revealed the rest. And then, after many were disillusioned,
he did it again with Barbour, and then again with Russell, and again, there was great disillusionment
when the accuracy of their prediction failed. Does that sound like a loving God who would
reveal half-truths, knowing how he would deceive Hid followers by inspiring men to interpret
something incorrectly? Or is that all with the men? You be the judge. Let’s continue
reading the Bible Teach book. Now the second paragraph explains more about how we understand
this prophecy. “As recorded at Luke 21:24, Jesus said, “Jerusalem will be trampled
on by the nations until the appointed times of the nations [“the times of the Gentiles,”
King James Version] are fulfilled.” Jerusalem had been the capital city of the Jewish nation.
The seat of rulership of the line of kings from the house of King David. However, these
kings were unique among national leaders. They sat on “Jehovah’s throne” as representatives
of God himself, (Chronicles 29:23) Jerusalem was thus a symbol of Jehovah’s rulership.
How and when though did God’s rulership begin to be “trampled on by the nations”?”
Assumption number 12: Babylon and other nations are capable of trampling on God’s rulership.
This is ridiculous. Not only ridiculous, but we have proof that it’s false right in Daniel
chapter 4, and I look back at myself and think how did I miss this? Look how often this is
disproven in that one chapter. First, envision, Nebuchadnezzar gets this message, in chapter
17, sorry, chapter 4 verse 17. “This is by the decree of watchers, and the request
is by the word of the holy ones, so that people living may know that the most high is ruler
in the kingdom of the heavens that he gives it to whomever he wants, and he sets up over
it even the lowliest of men. Doesn’t seem like somebody’s being trampled here. Then
Daniel reiterates in verse 25, he says, “You will be driven away from among men, and your
dwelling will be with the beasts of the field, and you will be given vegetation to eat just
like bulls, and you will become wet with the dew of the heavens, and seven times will pass
over you, until you know that the Most High is Ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that
he grants it to whomever he wants.” Then by angelic decree in verse 32, “and from
mankind you are being driven away with the beasts of the field your dwelling will be,
and you will be given vegetation to eat just like bulls, and seven times will pass over
you, until you know that the most high is ruler in the kingdom of mankind and that he
grants it to whomever he wants.” Then finally, having learned his lesson, Nebuchadnezzar
himself reiterates in verse 34, “At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked
up to the heavens, and my understanding returned to me, and I praised the most high, and to
the one living forever I gave praise and glory, because his rulership is an everlasting rulership
and his kingdom is for generation after generation”, and then again three verses later in 37, Nebuchadnezzar
says, “Now, I, Nebuchadnezzar, am praising and exalting and glorifying the King of the
heavens, because all his works are truth and his ways are just, and because he is able
to whom it to humiliate those who are walking in pride.” Five times it says very clearly
that Jehovah is in charge and can do anything he wants to anybody he wants even the highest
king there is, and yet we say that his kingdom is being trampled on by the nations. I don’t
think so. Where do we get that? Well, we get it by cherry picking one verse and then changing
the meaning of it and hoping that everybody else looks only at that verse and accepts
our interpretation. Assumption 13: Jesus was talking about Jehovah’s rulership when he
said the following words at Luke 21:24, “And they will fall by the edge of the sword and
be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until the
appointed times of the nations are fulfilled.” Aha! Jerusalem is Jehovah’s rulership. Why
don’t we read the context. So, let’s go back to verse 20. Here Jesus speaking: “However,
when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies….” When you see Jehovah’s rulership
surrounded by encamped armies? No. The city, Jerusalem, surrounded by literal encamped
armies—the Romans. “Then know that the desolating of her [Jerusalem, the city] has
drawn near. Then let those in Judea begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the
midst of her [Jerusalem] leave.” They’re not leaving Jehovah’s rulership; they’re
leaving the city. “and let those in the countryside not enter into” Jehovah’s rulership?
No. The city. “Because these are days for meting out justice in order that all things
written may be fulfilled. Woe to the pregnant women and those nursing a baby in those days,
for there will be great distress on the land and wrath against this people.” He’s talking
literally. “And they will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the
nations and Jerusalem [the city] will be trampled on by the nations until the appointed times
of the nations are fulfilled.” There’s nothing in this to indicate a metaphorical
application or a symbolic application. He’s talking literally about the city. And it has
been trampled on. Even today, when we have the nation of Israel an independent, sovereign
state and yet Jerusalem is still a disputed city—divided city—claimed by three major
religions: the Jewish religion and the Jewish people, the Christian religion, and the Muslim
religion, Islam; and they fight over. It is still being trampled on to this day. Has to
be. That’s what Jesus said would happen and his words cannot fail. Assumption 14: Jesus
got the tense wrong. He doesn’t say ‘Jerusalem WILL CONTINUE TO BE trampled on’, as if
this has been going on for 600 years by that date. No, he speaks in the future tense. It
WILL be trampled on. If you say something will happen. It means it’s not happening now,
but is going to happen, and that’s what he says: “It will be trampled on.” But we
assume, ‘No, no. He really meant it already has been trampled on and will continue.’
Assumption 15: Jesus words apply to Daniel 4. When says this, there’s no indication
he is talking with anything else than the prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem.
But we’re saying, ‘Oh, no, no, he’s referring back to Daniel, this has to do with Daniel’s
interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.’ Assumption 16: The appointed times of the
nations began with the exile to Babylon. Where do we get that from? Let’s look at Daniel
again, but this time we’re going to look at a different prophecy, because we can learn
something from this prophecy as we apply it to Daniel chapter 4. And this prophecy comes
from the ninth chapter of Daniel. We’re going to read from Daniel 9:24. “There are
seventy weeks that have been determined upon your people and upon your holy city, in order
to terminate the transgression, and to finish off sin, and to make atonement for error,
and to bring in righteousness for times indefinite, and to imprint a seal upon vision and prophet,
and to anoint the Holy of Holies. And you should know and have the insight [that] from
the going forth of [the] word to restore and to rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah [the] Leader,
there will be seven weeks, also sixty-two weeks. She will return and be actually rebuilt,
with a public square and moat, but in the straits of the times.” Okay, so from this
we have three elements: An unknown span of time, 70 weeks. Everybody knows a week has
seven days. So, you got a fixed number of days, And a day for a year was something that
they knew about from the time of Moses, cause they walked around in the wilderness for 40
years, because they’d failed—after a 40-day sojourn into Canaan—to show faith. So, a
fixed timeframe. But we also had a critical element—the start point. And the start point
was clearly declared what would be. It would be from when the word went forth to rebuild
the walls. So Jews, many hundreds of years later could go into the temple look in the
archives and find out exactly when that word went forth. Do the calculation…but the other
element that’s exists here in Daniel is an endpoint. He tells us what will happen when
the 70 weeks is up: Messiah would be there. So, we have a start point—an event—we
have an endpoint—another event—and we have a timeframe; clearly defined in Scripture.
And it was understood by the people. At Luke 3:15, when John appears, it says, “Now,
as the people were in expectation and all the reasoning in their hearts about John,
“May he perhaps be the Christ?”” Why were they in expectation? Because they knew
the prophecy was being fulfilled. They could run the math. That was the whole purpose of
it. They knew it at the time they had to know it. Okay, so, if that’s the way Daniel works,
if that’s the way Jehovah works through Daniel when he wants to give us a calculation, did
he do that in Daniel chapter 4? No. Assumption number 17. The seven times are seven prophetic
years of 360 days each. Times is a vague term and in Hebrew, it can also mean seasons as
we’ve already discussed. So, we have an ambiguous time period. Assumption number 18. The event
marking the start of this time period was the exile of the Jews into Babylon. Nothing
in the Bible says that this is the starting event for this. We’re making an assumption.
Assumption number 19: The start year was 607 B.C.E. Again, there’s no historical basis
for that. Assumption number 20: The event marking the end was an invisible presence.
There’s nothing in Daniel to say that when this alleged time period ends, Jesus will
suddenly become king. Doesn’t say that. Another assumption. Assumption 21: The presence of
Jesus would be invisible. This is another one of those things where I look back and
think, ‘How did I miss this?” Jesus gave us clear warnings, and I missed them. All
of us missed them. Why? Well, we’ll get into that why very soon. But let’s look at
what Jesus said to us. Matthew 24:23: “Then, if anyone says to you, ‘Look. Here is the
Christ,’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will
arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead if possible, even the chosen
ones. Look! I have forewarned you. Therefore, if people say to you, ‘Look. He is in the
wilderness.” Do not go out. ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms.’ Do not believe it.”
Look! He is invisibly present. That’s what he’s talking about. They can’t show us Christ,
so they say, ‘He’s out in the wilderness’ or ‘he’s in an inner room’ or ‘he’s
is invisibly present’. He says, “For just as the lightning comes out of the east and
shines over to the west, so the presence of the Son of man will be.” When the lightning
flashes, does someone have to say, “Hey, the lightning flashed”? No, you saw it yourself.
Who doesn’t see lightning flashing in the sky? Even if you’re inside your room with
the windows shut and the curtains drawn, you’ll still perceive the flash of lightning. That’s
how bright the light is. That’s what he saying. Nobody needs to tell you. You’ll see it
for yourself. And he carries on in verse 30, “then the sign of the Son of Man will appear
in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief, and they will
see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with great power and great glory.”
Does that sound like an invisible presence to you? Why did we miss all this? Twenty one
assumptions—any one of them is enough to just bring the whole doctrine to the ground.
Why did we miss it for so many years? Why did we preach it for so many years? Why did
I do that? How did I mess up? Misplaced trust. And they still want us to do it. Here’s
what Gerrit Losch said in the March broadcast: “But Jehovah and Jesus trust the imperfect
slave who cares for the things to the best of his ability and with the best of motives.
Shouldn’t we then trust the imperfect slave as well. To appreciate the extent of Jehovah’s and Jesus’ trust in the faithful slave, reflect on what he has promised its members.
He has promised them immortality and incorruption. Soon, just before Armageddon. The remaining members of the slave will be taken to heaven. Since 1919 of our common era, the slave has
been put in charge of some belongings of Christ. According to Matthew 24:47, when the anointed
are taken to heaven, Jesus will at that point entrust all his belongings to them. Does this
not reveal immense trust? Revelation 4:4 describes these resurrected anointed as corulers with
Christ. Revelation 22:5 says they will rule, not only for a thousand years, but for ever
and ever. What immense trust Jesus shows toward them. Since Jehovah God and Jesus Christ completely
trust the faithful and discreet slave, should we not do the same?” Okay, so the idea is,
Jehovah trusts Jesus. Granted. Jesus trusts the Governing Body. How do I know? And if
Jehovah gives Jesus something to tell us, we know that whatever Jesus tells us is from
God that he does nothing of his own initiative. He doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t mislead
us with false expectations. So, if Jesus gives this stuff to the Governing Body, what happens
in transit. Missed communication? Garbled communication? What happens? Or is Jesus just
not very effective as a communicator? Or maybe he’s not giving it to them. They want us to
trust them. They say, “Trust us”, because Jehovah trusts them, and Jesus trusts them.
Okay, so I have their word for that. But then I have Jehovah telling me at Psalm 146:3,
“Do not put your trust in princes”, and that’s what they claim to be. In this very
broadcast, he claims to be a future King. “Do not put your trust in princes nor in
a Son of Man, who cannot bring salvation.” So, ‘Trust us, we bring salvation. If you
listen to us, you’ll be saved.’ ‘Do not trust in princes who cannot bring salvation.’
You choose. The sad thing for me was when I discovered that 1914 was a false doctrine,
I didn’t lose my trust in the organization. I lost my trust in these men, but to be honest,
I never really had that much trust in them anyways as men, having seen their many failures.
But I believe that the organization was Jehovah’s true organization, the one true faith on earth.
It took something else to convince me to look elsewhere, and I’ll leave that for the next
video. Thank you very much for joining me. Until the next time.

 

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