Updated 6-3-2018--1914Page Most Bible Scholars will agree 

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 LondonEngland, calculated the “seven times” of Daniel chapter 4 to be 2,520 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 London, in 1849, handled the matter in a similar manner. At least by 1870, a publication edited by Joseph Seiss 

and associates and printed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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: 31 October 1916C.T.

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 clergyman in England, and published by E. B. Elliott, Barbour identified the start of the GentileTimes with King Zedekiah’s removal from kingship as foretold at Ezekiel 21:25, 26, and he pointed to 1914 as marking the end of the Gentile Times.

Early in 1876, C. T. Russell received a copy of Herald of the Morning. He promptly wrote to Barbour and then spent time with him in Philadelphia during the summer, discussing, among other things, prophetic time periods. Shortly thereafter, in an article entitled “Gentile Times

When DThey 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 Watch Tower, such as the ones dated December 1879 and July 1880, directed attention to 1914 C.E. as being a highly significant year from the standpoint of Bible prophecy. 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 Kingdom of God would have 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 Watch Tower suggested that worldwide turmoil that would result in the annihilating of human institutions would come right after the end of the Gentile Times. They expected the year 1914 to mark a significant turning point for Jerusalem, since the prophecy had said that

Jerusalem would be trodden down’ until the Gentile Times were fulfilled.

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 

Compare Matt 24:14 And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations,+ 

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 Matt 24:14. Conclusion therefore

is that only Jehovah knows when the preaching work will finish. Same go with then God told Adam and Eve to Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth   (Genesis 1:28) only Jehovah knows when the earth in fill—Details in

https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1986281?q=God+told+Adam+and+Eve+to+be+fruitful&p=par#h=9

 

                   Concerning WT’s date prophesying down through the years since 1879 

                                                                                   Open N011 and No10.

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 13:10, 11) 13:1013:11  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 the typical Kingdom of God, was removed from the throne in Jerusalem by the Babylonians. (Ezek. 21:25-27) Finally, by early October of 607 B.C.E. the last vestige of Jewish sovereignty was gone. By that time the Jewish governor, Gedaliah, who had been left in charge by the Babylonians, had been assassinated, and the remaining Jews had fled to Egypt. (Jeremiah, chapters 40-43) Reliable Bible chronology indicates that this took place 70 years before 537 B.C.E., the year in which the Jews returned from captivity; that is, it took place by early October of 607 B.C.E. (Jer. 29:10; Dan. 9:2; for further details, see the book “Let Your Kingdom Come,” pages 186-189.)

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 1914 C.E., as shown on the chart.

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)

Early October, 607 B.C.E., to December 31, 607 B.C.E.=   1/4 year

January 1, 606 B.C.E., to December 31, 1 B.C.E  =   606 years

January 1, 1 C.E., to December 31, 1913   = 1,913 years

January 1, 1914, to early October, 1914   =    3/4 year

                                                Total: 2,520 years

 

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