that the Bible contains future events and they will be revealed to God fearing people doing His will.
Most Bible Scholars will agree that the light of truth gets brighter as the end gets nearer.
So what about 1914? SBT Investigates and begins by paralleling events about who understood correctly
the anointing of Jesus at his baptism and those who rejected Him .The point is that the Jewish Religious Leaders
had scriptures that pointed to that time when Jesus was to appear and many Jewish Religious Leaders claimed
that Jesus was a false prophet.
1914 Is Believable but it has to be a personal FREE-WILL decision.
Sbt will lay out what is known about this calculation.
As Early As 1823, John A. Brown, Open http://www.truebiblecode.com/understanding120.html
whose work was published in
years in length.But he did not clearly discern the date with which the prophetic time period began or when it
would end.He did, however, connect these “seven times ” with the Gentile Times of Luke 21:24. In 1844,
E. B. Elliott, a British clergyman, drew attention to 1914 as a possible date for the end of the “seven times”
of Daniel, but he also set out an alternate view that pointed to the time of the French Revolution.
Robert Seeley, of
a publication edited
by Joseph Seiss and associates
and printed in
was setting out calculations that pointed to 1914 as a significant date,
even though the reasoning it contained was based on chronology that C. T. Russell later rejected.
C.T. Russell Born: 1852 February 16th Died:
Russell did not originate this calculation. He wasn’t even born yet; but he did expand on it.
Then, in the August, September, and October 1875 issues of Herald of the Morning, N. H. Barbour
helped to harmonize details that had been pointed out by others. Using chronology compiled by
Christopher Bowen, a
Ezekiel 21:25, 26, and he pointed to 1914 as marking the end of the Gentile Times.
and then spent time with
prophetic time periods. Shortly thereafter, in an article entitled “Gentile Times:
When Do They End?”, Russell also reasoned on the matter from the Scriptures and stated that the
evidence showed that “the seven times will end in A.D. 1914”This article was printed in the October 1876
issue of the Bible Examiner. The book Three Worlds, and the Harvest of This World,produced in 1877 by
N. H. Barbour in cooperation with C.T. Russell, pointed to the same conclusion.
Thereafter, early issues of the
directed attention to
In 1889 the entire fourth chapter of Volume II of Millennial Dawn (later called Studies in the Scriptures)
was devoted to discussion of “The Times of the Gentiles.” But what would the end of the Gentile Times mean?
The Bible Students were not completely sure what would happen. They were convinced that it would not
result in a burning up of the earth and a blotting out of human life. Rather, they knew it would mark a significant
point in regard to
divine ruler ship. At first, they thought that by that date the
obtained full, universal control. When that did not occur, their confidence in the Bible prophecies that
marked the date did not waver.
The Bible Students
They concluded that, instead, the date had marked only a starting point as to Kingdom rule.
Similarly, they also first thought that global troubles culminating in anarchy (which they understood would be associated with the war of
“the great day of God the Almighty”) would precede that date. (Rev. 16:14)
But then, ten
years before 1914, the
When they saw 1914 drawing close and yet they had not died as humans and been ‘caught up in the clouds’ to meet the Lord—in harmony with earlier expectations—they earnestly hoped that their change might take place at the end of the Gentile Times.—1 Thess. 4:17.
As the years passed and they examined and reexamined the Scriptures, their faith in the prophecies remained strong, and they did not hold back from stating what they expected to occur. With varying degrees of success, they endeavored to avoid being dogmatic about details not directly stated in the Scriptures Nothing
—WT-Proclaimer Book Chapter 10 pages 120-148
and then the end will come. Study Lesson cross references in https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/pc/r1/lp-e/1001070628/7/0
Study Lesson nhttps://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1001070624#h=30:0-30:664. Nothing mentioned in the 1914 calculation about
Concerning WT’s date prophesying down through the years since 1879
Their Revelations Book of 1988 (latest print update 2006) States the following on page 9 of Chapter 2 Interpreting the Scriptures.
The mysteries locked up in the book of Revelation have for long baffled sincere students of the Bible. In God’s due time, those secrets had to be unlocked, but how, when, and to whom? Only God’s spirit could make known the meaning as the appointed time drew near.
(Revelation 1:3) 1:3 Those sacred secrets would be revealed to God’s zealous slaves on earth so that they would be strengthened to make known his judgments. (Matthew , 11) 13:10- 13:11 It is not claimed that the explanations in this publication are infallible. Like Joseph of old, we say: “Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Genesis 40:8) 40:8
At the same time, however, we firmly believe that the explanations set forth herein harmonize with the Bible in its entirety, showing how remarkably divine prophecy has been fulfilled in the world events of our catastrophic times.
When did the counting of the “seven times” begin? After Zedekiah, the last king in
How, then, is the time calculated down to 1914? Counting 2,520 years from early October of 607 B.C.E.
brings us to early October of
CALCULATING THE “SEVEN TIMES”
“Seven times” = 7 X 360 = 2,520 years
A Biblical “time,” or year = 12 X 30 days = 360. (Rev. 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14)
In the fulfillment of the “seven times” each day equals one year. (Ezek. 4:6; Num. 14:34)
October, 607 B.C.E., to
January 1, 1 C.E., to December 31, 1913 = 1,913 years
Total: 2,520 years
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