Is the Watchtower Predicting the End for 2034 AD?
The Watchtower of December 1, 2003 carries with it all the usual, ho-hum warnings about our being in the time of the end, likening out time to the days of Noah when God destroyed the wicked in a flood. But there are about three things that stand out as pointing to a certain "time" of fulfillment in the year 2034. We would not expect them to come out and actually SAY this, given their dismal record of false prophecy and date-setting in the past (never having had even one prophecy come true yet!), but their publications have always been filled with hints about the final end, just enough to keep the publishers guessing and going door-to-door and distributing their books and magazines.
The following clips are taken from the above-mentioned magazine and are used for proof. The article spans pages 14-19 of the magazine.
Three things stand out as a tease to believe that the end MAY come in 30 years.
1. Noah's time of the end lasted 120 years before the deluge.
2. We are already 90 years into our time of the end that started in 1914.
3. The mention that in 1914 Jesus took EPOCH-MAKING action.
|Note the mention of the 120 years in the last paragraph in the left column||Note then mention of the 90 years that have already passed in our "last days" since 1914 in the first paragraph of the second column.|
|Note the expression from paragraph 15: "epoch-making, as if Jehovah acts in epochs, this one being, well, most likely 120 years!|
This fits in well with their latest de-emphasis on a "generation of 70 or 80 years" since 1914, and focuses on an "epoch":
Main Entry: ep·och
Pronunciation: 'e-p&k, 'e-"päk, US also and British usually 'E-"päk
Etymology: Medieval Latin epocha, from Greek epochE cessation, fixed point, from epechein to pause, hold back, from epi- + echein to hold -- more at SCHEME
1 a : an event or a time marked by an event that begins a new period or development b : a memorable event or date
2 a : an extended period of time usually characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events b : a division of geologic time less than a period and greater than an age
3 : an instant of time or a date selected as a point of reference (as in astronomy)
(from Webster's Online at: http://www.m-w.com/ )
So what are we to conclude? That many Witnesses will be expecting the end around 2034 AD. It is also established that 2004 is the 90-year mark since 1914 in the same issue on page 18, at the top of the page:
1914 and the change in "generation" (new light)
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