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Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Wrong Expectations

   Posted by: Rob Bowman    in Jehovah's Witnesses

The January 1, 2013 issue of the Watchtower magazine includes an article that addresses the question, “Have Jehovah’s Witnesses Given Incorrect Dates for the End?” (p. 8). The article acknowledges that the answer is yes, but tries to turn this negative into a positive. To do so, it uses an argument that has been a standard for Jehovah’s Witnesses for decades. The article explains:

“Jehovah’s Witnesses have had wrong expectations about when the end would come. Like Jesus’ first-century disciples, we have sometimes looked forward to the fulfillment of prophecy ahead of God’s timetable. (Luke 19:11; Acts 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2).”

The implicit inference for the reader to draw is that if Jesus’ original disciples could make such mistakes, then no blame can be attached to Jehovah’s Witnesses for doing so as well. However, the article glosses over some basic facts concerning the proof texts it cites. Let’s look at each of the three texts. Read the rest of this entry »

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