This site now has permission to reprint various postings and articles from JWFacts, JWStudies, JWInsider, and several others. We are still working on getting more content from more posters, bloggers, and site creators, and are especially looking for JWs who have taken up the same studies about chronology that we focus on here.
JWINSIDER #008 on 1914: From posts in the topic ALL aspects of 1914 doctrine are now problematic from a Scriptural point of view.
The original context is found here: https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/39516-all-aspects-of-1914-doctrine-are-now-problematic-from-a-scriptural-point-of-view/
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The idea that a chronology dependent on the corroboration of secular academia would be essential to our faith seems to me to violate the principle at 2Tim 3:16-17. …
As usual, I thought that was worded very well and it expresses several excellent points. But it might be useful to highlight that any claim that the year “1914” is found in prophecy is already totally dependent on corroboration of secular academia. That’s because there is no such thing as stating any Biblical year in such terms without secular corroboration. That includes 29 CE, 33 CE, 70 CE, 2370 BCE, 4026 BCE, 640 BCE, 539 BCE, and of course 587 or 586 BCE. Every one of these dates, whether we think it’s exact, or if we think it’s within 20 years, or even within 500 years, will always require secular corroboration.
However, the application of Matt.24, Mk.13, Lu.21, Rev.6 (Horsemen), 2Tim.3:1-5 etc., to events and conditions since the early part of the 20th Century and the tying of these to the arrival Satan and his “angels” to eke out their desperate “short period of time” after their humiliating, heavenly defeat as described in Rev.12:12 is entirely plausible to me, and of far more interest…
I’m glad I could count on you to remind us all that putting up a list of bullet points doesn’t mean that 1914 has already been shot down. But it’s an easier and easier target to hit, and the two life-span generation puts an even bigger bulls-eye on its back. Whether or not the book of Daniel, Ezekiel, Matthew or Revelation ever intended to point us in advance to a specific event or activity in the 20th century, no one can rule out that Jehovah might still have had in mind a specific type of work to be done. Jehovah manages who he allows to be king and who he wishes to be deposed. He would not do this without some purpose, as with Nebuchadnezzar. Jehovah is in charge of history, and his thinking is beyond our own. If he can raise kings and despots to his purpose, surely everything he has either inspired or permitted in every age has a purpose. The kingdom we pray for is about God’s will both in heaven and on earth. We must be alert to opportunity in every season of our own lives and perhaps we may even obtain guidance about opportunities based on the particular season the world is in.
We should always point out what is unreasonable (Philippians 4:5), but we can’t always just rule out every idea that appears unreasonable to human minds. Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts. A humble spirit will allow us to be used as Jehovah sees fit.