What Happened to the 1914 Generation?
For many decades the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society taught that Armageddon would occur within one generation of 1914. Witnesses lived their lives in anxious anticipation of the promised new earth at any moment. This was no conjecture. It was a firm doctrine taught by the Watchtower. In fact, if you were a Jehovah’s Witness prior to the winter of 1995, this teaching was in your face every other week in the publication Awake! Suddenly, in the masthead of the November 8, 1995 publication, the 1914 generation mysteriously disappeared. Check out the masthead of the following two consecutive Awake magazines.
What happened? Did the Faithful and Discreet Slave get new light --- again? Or did they run out of time? Lets check some prior publications concerning the 1914 generation. Maybe this will give us some new light of our own.
The Watchtower, 9-1-52, p.543
Note that this same article defines the length of a generation as, "the average lifetime of man".
From Paradise Lost To Paradise
Regained, 1958, p.205
Awake!, 9-22-62 pg. 27
Awake!, 10-8-68, p.13
So according to the above article, the 1914 generation doesn’t include babies or children. One must have been 15 years old in 1914 to be considered part of the generation.
Awake!, 10-8-71, p.26
Now we’re starting to see a sense of urgency. After all, the generation is getting up there in years.
Watchtower, 10-1-78, p.31
The Watchtower is sticking to their guns. Babies and children are too young to be part of the 1914 generation. 15 years of age is the criteria. What will they do next?
Watchtower, 10-15-80, p.31
Brilliant! They just stretched the generation and bought 5 more years.
The Watchtower, 5-15-84, p.5
Give them an inch and they’ll take a yard! The Watchtower just violated their own standards and included babies in the 1914 generation. By doing this they bought another 10 years. Fascinating!
This last quote was in 1988. If we calculate the age of the 1914 generation now, in 2000, and even if we include infants born in 1914, the youngest person would be 86 years old. Since 86 years is well beyond the limits of a generation, we can conclude that this Watchtower teaching was a huge flop! No wonder why they nixed it from the Awake masthead.
So, the 1914 generation doctrine is now DOA. It will probably end up hidden in the forbidden archives at the Kingdom Hall libraries. New converts will never know about this failed prophecy; maybe the Watchtower’s biggest! Veteran Witnesses will never breathe a word about it for fear of being disfellowshipped.
Is it any wonder that there was never any prophecy promulgated by the Watchtower that came true? I mean zero. Not even one came to pass by accident. By adding the failure of the 1914 generation to a long list of other failed prophecies, (see False Prophecies Article), we can confidently conclude that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is not Jehovah’s channel of truth. This has been proven over and over again by their own publications. Salvation can not be attained by following a genuine false prophet.
Our hope is that you not only flee from such an organization, but run into the arms of a loving Savior. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ that we can be assured of eternal life (Acts 4:12, Gal. 2:16, 1Jn. 5:13). Yes, there is life outside of the Watchtower. Real life. Eternal life! Our prayer is that you choose this life for yourself.
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