The Watch Tower publications have continuously provided material that presents the various subjects related to the 1914 teaching. Some of the material may focus on Matthew 24, some on Daniel 4, and some on other aspects of the discussion, including the Kingdom, the 70 years desolation on Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, ancient astronomical tablets, etc.
However, with a few exceptions, it is rare that any of the articles from the Watchtower magazine or other Watch Tower publications go into much depth about the actual doctrines. Most of the articles handle the subject as if it needs no further explanation than the depth of material that appears in “What Does the Bible Really Teach?” for example.
Therefore, it is not necessary to attempt to respond and analyze many articles. A very few will suffice to cover all the material that the Watch Tower publications provide about the doctrine.
The primary sources of material for presenting the Watchtower’s perspective will be from:
In order to be sure to make use of the most current references, we have looked up “1914” through the search facility on the current jw.org website. Many of these will also be found through the other search methods, too. The following relevant articles were listed as of May 2014. The list will be updated soon.
Jesus’ illustration of the wheat and the weeds describes a time of sowing, growth, and harvesting. What adjusted understanding do we have of the harvesttime?
How can we benefit from Kingdom rule? Consider how the Messianic King refines, educates, and organizes his subject.
How did the first world war, also called the “Great War,” change the world in ways that still affect us today?
How does the Bible connect a war in heaven to world war and trouble on earth?
What did Jesus mean by these words? What effect should they have on each of us?
This article clarifies our understanding of the faithful and discreet slave. Consider how our spiritual health depends on this channel.
Consider how actions and attitudes around us prove that we are now living in “the last days” that the Bible foretold.
How did Jesus provide spiritual food to the first-century congregations? Does it set a pattern for today?
Many people know the Lord’s Prayer. What is the meaning of the phrase: “Let your kingdom come”?
A new self-guided tour outlining the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses opened in October 2012 at our world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
Read an inviting overview of the new exhibit that includes the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a timeline of Christianity.
The book itself says that those who read, understand, and apply its message would be happy for doing so.
Is there any special significance to the current world situation? Examine seven prophecies that mark our time as unique.
Jehovah has already restored pure worship. What will he restore in the future?
According to the Bible, what is the seventh world power?
An audience of thousands listened to encouraging reports and an exciting discussion of Matthew 24:45-47 at the 128th annual meeting of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.
The Bible tells of ten significant events soon to come. What are these? How will they affect you?
What events will signal the end of our period of waiting for Jehovah to act against this wicked system? How can we show appreciation for God’s patience?
Satan’s system of things will soon come to its end. Why is it vital for us to remain loyal to the organization that God is using on earth today?
See why it is vital for us to remain loyal to the organization that Jehovah is using on earth today.
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How have world events fulfilled Bible prophecies since 1914? … They may admit that the world has changed very much since 1914, but they do not understand what this means.
ws14 1/15 pp. 26-31 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2014
From this, they deduced that 1914 marked the end of “the appointed times of the nations.” … They also came to realize that 1914 was the beginning of the end for this system of things.
w04 2/1 pp. 18-22 – The Watchtower—2004
How have world conditions since 1914 been fulfilling Bible prophecy? … They may admit that the world has changed greatly since 1914, but they do not see the real significance of these events.
w14 1/15 pp. 27-31 – The Watchtower—2014
How did Jehovah become
King in 1914
) For more than 20 years, the Bible Students preached that 1914
would be a very important year.
ws14 1/15 pp. 8-13 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2014
In the past, we thought that the great tribulation began in 1914
when World War I started. …
It would begin in 1914
, it would be interrupted in 1918, and it would finish at Armageddon.
ws13 7/15 pp. 3-8 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2013
How did Jehovah become
King in 1914
, and what were some of the Kingdom’s early accomplishments? … 2:44
) The Bible Students spent decades pointing out that the year 1914
would be significant.
w14 1/15 pp. 12-16 – The Watchtower—2014
Starting in 1914, what inspection by Jesus took place? … During the decades leading up to 1914, C.
w13 7/15 pp. 9-14 – The Watchtower—2013
What inspection did Jesus start in 1914? … For many years before 1914, C.
ws13 7/15 pp. 9-14 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2013
For a number of years, we thought that the great tribulation began in 1914
with World War I and that “those days were cut short” by Jehovah in 1918 when the war ended so that the remnant would have the opportunity to preach the good news to all nations. … 5
We also discerned that the first part of the great tribulation did not begin in 1914
w13 7/15 pp. 3-8 – The Watchtower—2013
, Jesus was enthroned as King, and soon it was time to inspect that “slave.” … 3
, many members of the faithful slave class had high hopes of meeting with the Bridegroom in heaven that year, but their hopes were not fulfilled.
w04 3/1 pp. 13-18 – The Watchtower—2004
, most aspects of Jesus’ prophecy have been fulfilled. …
Because the slave began serving spiritual food back in the first century, and according to Jesus, the slave would still be doing so when the Master arrived in 1914
w04 3/1 pp. 8-12 – The Watchtower—2004
) In October 1914
, Jehovah made Jesus King over mankind. … 10
More than 30 years before October 1914
, anointed Christians began preaching that God’s Kingdom would begin to rule on that important date.
ws14 7/15 pp. 21-26 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2014
Therefore, we may conclude that his words about that faithful slave began to be fulfilled only afterthe last days began in 1914. … In 1914, however, the situation was much different.
w13 7/15 pp. 20-25 – The Watchtower—2013
So it is clear that Jesus’ words about that faithful slave began to be fulfilled only after the last days began in 1914. … But in 1914, the situation was very different.
ws13 7/15 pp. 20-25 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2013
Let us briefly review what happened after Jesus was installed as King in 1914 and see how some proved themselves ready while others did not. … Although the anointed had for decades looked to1914 as a marked year, they did not clearly understand what would happen.
w12 9/15 pp. 23-27 – The Watchtower—2012
Let us briefly review what happened after Jesus became King in 1914 and see how some of the anointed were ready while others were not. … For many years, the anointed had known that 1914would be a very special year, but they did not clearly understand what would happen.
ws12 9/15 pp. 21-26 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2012
Viewer of the “Photo-Drama” in 1914. … The “Photo-Drama” premiered on January 11, 1914, in New York City.
w14 2/15 pp. 30-32 – The Watchtower—2014
) Much of what is stated there relates both to situations affecting God’s people since the Messianic Kingdom was established in heaven in 1914
and to exciting events that will unfold in the very near future. … 1:10; 11:15
) That day started in 1914
with the birth of the Messianic Kingdom in the heavens.
w13 2/15 pp. 17-21 – The Watchtower—2013
) It talks about things that have happened to God’s people since Christ began ruling in heaven in 1914
It is the same as “the Lord’s day,” which began in 1914
when Jesus became King of God’s Kingdom in heaven.
ws13 2/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2013
Christ’s pa·rou·si′a, or presence, started with Jesus’ installation as King in heaven in 1914 and continues on to include the “great tribulation,” during which he comes to destroy the wicked. … After being crowned as King in 1914, Jesus is pictured as going “forth conquering and to complete his conquest.”
w08 2/15 pp. 21-25 – The Watchtower—2008
) As this journal has often shown, that battle began in 1914
Reasonably, then, anointed ones who die before Armageddon are resurrected sometime between 1914
w07 1/1 pp. 25-30 – The Watchtower—2007
) Obviously, Jesus is not saying that certain ones of his disciples will live until the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom in 1914
that foregleam became a reality.
w05 1/15 pp. 10-15 – The Watchtower—2005
That happened in October 1914
, marking the beginning of “the last days” of Satan’s wicked system.… 10
Modern-day anointed Christians pointed in advance to October 1914
as a significant date.
w14 7/15 pp. 28-32 – The Watchtower—2014
The Kingdom message became especially “good” in 1914. … Since 1914, the message has been about a real government that now rules in heaven.
ws14 2/15 pp. 3-8 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2014
An intriguing question therefore arises: Were the Bible Students in the years that led up to 1914
the appointed channel through which Christ would feed his sheep? … 17
As we learned in the preceding article, the harvest season began in 1914
w13 7/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower—2013
So we might ask: In the years before 1914
, were the Bible Students the group that Christ said he would use to feed his sheep? … 17
As we learned in the previous article, the time of the harvest began in 1914
ws13 7/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2013
was enthroned as King of Jehovah’s Messianic Kingdom in 1914
. … 5
The apostle John had a vision of something else that the Messianic King would do in “the Lord’s day,” after He was enthroned in 1914
w10 9/15 pp. 25-29 – The Watchtower—2010
Consider some historical developments in the decades prior to 1914
, the year when the time of the end began. … 17
The foretold “time of the end” began in 1914
w09 8/15 pp. 12-16 – The Watchtower—2009
Since 1925, Jehovah’s Witnesses have recognized that World War I and the events that followed amount to sure evidence that Christ’s presence in heavenly Kingdom power began in 1914. … The number of people proclaiming the good news was very small when the last days began in 1914.
w09 3/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower—2009
brings us to 1914 C. … This means that Jesus Christ began to rule as King of God’s Kingdom in1914.
w06 7/15 pp. 4-7 – The Watchtower—2006
(Revelation 11:15; 12:1-5
) From our vantage point in history, we can review the overwhelming evidence confirming that Christ began to rule as Messianic King in heaven in 1914
.* … 3
the good news of the Kingdom has taken on a thrilling new aspect.
w06 5/1 pp. 27-31 – The Watchtower—2006
) German newsmagazine Der Spiegel
reports that prior to 1914
, people “believed in a golden future with more freedom, progress, and prosperity.” …
“The war that began in August 1914
and came to an end in November 1918 was a dramatic event.
w05 10/1 pp. 4-7 – The Watchtower—2005
According to Bible chronology and fulfilled prophecies, in the year 1914
, God’s Kingdom was established in the heavens with Jesus Christ as King.* …
) Rather than being an abstract condition of the heart, God’s Kingdom is a real government that has accomplished wonderful deeds since its inauguration in heaven in 1914
w04 8/1 pp. 4-7 – The Watchtower—2004
The Kingdom message became especially “good” in 1914
. … 8
Jehovah installed his Son as his Messianic King in the heavens in 1914
w14 2/15 pp. 3-7 – The Watchtower—2014
Sure enough, the book of Revelation links Satan to the calamities the earth has suffered since1914
Bible chronology and world events indicate that this heavenly war occurred after God’s Kingdom was established in the heavens in 1914
w14 2/1 pp. 5-7 – The Watchtower—2014
God enthroned Jesus as King in heaven in 1914
, exactly 2,520 years after Jerusalem’s destruction.…
) Events since 1914
confirm that Jesus became King in that year.
w12 8/1 pp. 16-17 – The Watchtower—2012
a small group of Bible Students started to preach the good news. …
we have seen many events happening on the earth exactly as the Bible foretold.
ws12 3/15 pp. 9-14 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2012
In 1914, this significant statement was published in The Watch Tower: “Are we not a blessed, happy people? … (The Watch Tower, December 15, 1914, pages 377-378) Our gratitude for spiritual light and truth is unchanged.
w10 2/15 pp. 24-28 – The Watchtower—2010
The Scriptures clearly mark 1914
as the year when “the appointed times of the nations” ended and the Kingdom was established.* …
This suggests that the defeat and ousting of Satan took place soon after the Kingdom’s birth in 1914
w09 5/15 p. 18 – The Watchtower—2009
Conflict between God’s now ruling King and Satan’s wicked system has been ongoing ever since God’s Kingdom was established in the heavens in 1914
. … 11
Gog of Magog is identified as Satan the Devil in his debased position since 1914
w03 6/1 pp. 17-22 – The Watchtower—2003
The Bible reveals that Jesus received that authority at the end of the prophetic “seven times”—“the appointed times of the nations”—in 1914
(Revelation 1:10, 11
) To be sure, they contained vital counsel for Christians back then, but their main application is to “the Lord’s day,” since 1914
w02 10/1 pp. 17-22 – The Watchtower—2002
) As 1914
—the beginning of “the last days”—approached, sincere Bible Students undertook with firm conviction an unprecedented worldwide campaign of education based on the Holy Scriptures. …
It is January of the year 1914
w01 1/15 pp. 8-9 – The Watchtower—2001
For instance, anointed Witnesses of Jehovah have been blessed with insight, enabling them to understand that Jesus Christ became heavenly King in the year 1914. … This points to the time of the end and to the enthronement of the Son of man, Jesus Christ, in the year 1914.
w00 5/15 pp. 10-14 – The Watchtower—2000
Because of his coming to power in 1914, wonderful prophecies will yet be fulfilled. … Indeed, we are grateful to Jehovah that we have seen the fulfillment of many such prophecies since the year 1914.
w00 4/1 pp. 12-17 – The Watchtower—2000
True to Bible prophecy, this world’s “conclusion” began in 1914
and was marked by the outbreak of the first world war. … 15
During some 40 years up until Christ’s heavenly rule began in 1914
, the Bible Students had been freed from many of the non-Biblical doctrines of Christendom, such as infant baptism, immortality of the human soul, purgatory, hellfire torment, and a Trinitarian God.
w00 1/1 pp. 6-11 – The Watchtower—2000
“I am happy and full of excitement over the wonderful days ahead,” wrote an American volunteer in1914. … European leaders acted like a “generation of sleepwalkers that stumbled unawares over the ledge of doom during that halcyon summer of 1914,” explains the work The Fall of theDynasties—The Collapse of the Old Order 1905-1922.
w14 2/1 pp. 3-4 – The Watchtower—2014
In 1914 the headquarters of Jehovah’s people in Brooklyn, New York, U. … A shorter version—the “Eureka Drama”—was also released in 1914.
w13 2/15 pp. 31-32 – The Watchtower—2013
, millions have therefore chosen to become willing subjects of God’s enthroned King, Christ Jesus. …
, what step have millions taken, and why?
w12 12/15 pp. 19-23 – The Watchtower—2012
, millions have decided to become subjects of Jesus Christ, the one whom God has made King. …
, what have millions decided to do?
ws12 12/15 pp. 15-20 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2012
, when the Lord’s day began, Britain was the largest empire that ever existed and the United States had the strongest industries in the world.* … Lord’s day:
A time period that started when Jesus was made King in 1914
and continues until he gives the Kingdom back to his Father, Jehovah
ws12 6/15 pp. 14-19 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2012
Bible prophecy indicated that the Messianic Kingdom would be established in heaven in 1914
. … 12:9, 12
) Moreover, Bible prophecy pointed to the exact time—1914
—when “the appointed times of the nations [would be] fulfilled” and Kingdom rule would begin in heaven.
w12 5/15 pp. 17-21 – The Watchtower—2012
The Bible indicated that Christ would become King in heaven in 1914. … This happened in 1914.
ws12 5/15 pp. 15-20 – The Watchtower (Simplified)—2012
The example of a small group of Bible Students who prior to 1914
set out to preach the good news illustrates what it means to have a sense of urgency. …
, the composite sign described in God’s Word has become clear.
w12 3/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower—2012
w11 7/1 pp. 16-17 – The Watchtower—2011
) Since being invested with kingly power in 1914
, Christ is more than ever “with” his disciples and active as their Leader. …
His intense activity since 1914
will be examined in the following article.
w10 9/15 pp. 21-25 – The Watchtower—2010
He twice read the comment: “Jesus evidently meant that the lives of the anointed ones who were on hand when the sign began to be evident in 1914 would overlap with the lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation.” … How comforting it is to know that the younger anointed contemporaries of those older anointed ones who discerned the sign when it became evident beginning in 1914 will not die off before the great tribulation starts!
w10 6/15 pp. 3-5 – The Watchtower—2010
Though the “river of water of life” will flow in the fullest sense during the Thousand Year Reign of Christ, it begins to flow in “the Lord’s day,” which dawned with the heavenly enthronement of “the Lamb” in 1914
. … 1914
w10 2/15 pp. 14-18 – The Watchtower—2010
In 1914, Jehovah established his Kingdom in the heavens under his appointed King, Jesus Christ.… What important milestone was reached in 1914?
w10 1/15 pp. 28-32 – The Watchtower—2010
Bible prophecies and world events confirm that his presence as King began in 1914
, as did “the conclusion of the system of things.” … 20
we have been living in the period of Christ’spa·rou·si′a,
w09 12/15 pp. 20-24 – The Watchtower—2009
, Jehovah elevated Jesus even further. …
How was Jesus “exalted very much” in 1914
, and what has he accomplished since then?
w09 1/15 pp. 21-25 – The Watchtower—2009
Since the establishment of God’s Kingdom in heaven in 1914
, the branches of the mustard “tree” have expanded beyond expectations. …
(a) What expansion has taken place since 1914
w08 7/15 pp. 17-21 – The Watchtower—2008
more than 100 million lives have been lost in wars! … 16
This world has been in the last days, or “the conclusion of the system of things,” since the year 1914
w08 5/15 pp. 12-16 – The Watchtower—2008
On Friday morning, October 2, 1914, Charles Taze Russell, who took the lead at that time among the Bible Students, strode into the dining room at Bethel in Brooklyn, New York. … What occurred in Brooklyn, New York, in 1914, and the time for what had then arrived?
w07 11/1 pp. 22-26 – The Watchtower—2007
The virgins remind us of anointed Christians before 1914 who were eagerly waiting for the arrival of the great Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. … When Jesus came into his Kingdom authority in 1914, many among the anointed Christians were expecting to join him immediately in heaven.
w07 9/1 p. 31 – The Watchtower—2007
Evidence establishes that his foretold return, the beginning of his “presence,” occurred in 1914
.* … 1914
, The Messiah will“the word to the Messiah the Messiah soon endrestore . . .
w06 2/15 pp. 4-7 – The Watchtower—2006
The fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that the Messianic Kingdom was established in heaven in1914
That time apparently came shortly after Jesus Christ received Kingdom power in 1914
w04 2/1 pp. 8-12 – The Watchtower—2004
, there has been added reason to speak about Jehovah’s kingship. …
What happened in 1914
, and what proof is there that God now reigns through the Kingdom of his Son?
w04 1/15 pp. 15-20 – The Watchtower—2004
For instance, in the year 1914, he installed his Son, Jesus Christ, as heavenly King. … Since 1914, how has Jehovah’s greatness been manifested in connection with his Kingdom purposes?
w04 1/15 pp. 10-15 – The Watchtower—2004
Some 90 years have passed since the last days of this system of things began in 1914
. … 15
When God’s Messianic Kingdom was established in heaven in 1914
, the enthroned King, Jesus Christ, took epoch-making action.
w03 12/15 pp. 14-19 – The Watchtower—2003
Bible chronology and world events coincide in pinpointing the year 1914
as the time when that war in heaven took place. …
(a) What is significant about the year 1914
w03 6/1 pp. 12-17 – The Watchtower—2003
In fulfillment of Bible prophecy, his Kingdom was established in the heavens in 1914
with Jesus Christ as its King.* …
For a detailed discussion of Bible prophecy relating to 1914
, see chapters 10 and 11 of the book Knowledge That Leads to Everlasting Life,
published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
w03 1/1 pp. 4-7 – The Watchtower—2003
(Matthew 4:23; 24:14
) In 1914
the prophetic words of Revelation 11:15
were fulfilled: “The kingdom of the world did become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will rule as king forever and ever.” …
(2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20
) Since 1914
, spirit-anointed Christians can properly be spoken of as ambassadors for God’s Kingdom, of which they are “sons.”
w02 11/1 pp. 14-19 – The Watchtower—2002
) Think of the distress the world has already seen, especially since 1914
. … 11
, when the last days began, this world’s religions, led by those claiming to be Christian, showed whom they really served.
w02 5/1 pp. 19-24 – The Watchtower—2002
On June 28, 1914, the day the world was plunged into war by the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, I attended with my family a peaceful convention in Columbus, Ohio. … In the spring of 1919, Father sold our horse and buggy, and for $175 he bought a 1914Ford so that he could reach more people in the preaching work.
w01 11/1 pp. 19-24 – The Watchtower—2001
“Woe for the earth” came when World War I broke out in 1914 and brought to an end an era of standards very different from those of today. … Fellow historian Eric Hobsbawm agrees: “There has, since 1914, been a marked regression from the standards then regarded as normal in the developed countries . . .
w01 6/1 pp. 4-6 – The Watchtower—2001
By 1914 the Bible had come alive to them. … What truths did the Bible Students understand by the year 1914?
w01 4/1 pp. 14-19 – The Watchtower—2001
(Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:34, 35
) However, since his enthronement as King of God’s Kingdom in 1914
, he is going forth “conquering and to complete his conquest.” …
(b) How has Jesus’ activity changed since 1914
w00 9/1 pp. 11-16 – The Watchtower—2000
) What a wonderful prophecy relating to the enthronement of “the Son of man,” Jesus Christ, in the heavens in the year 1914
) When “the appointed times of the nations” ended in 1914
, God established the heavenly Kingdom under Christ.
w00 5/15 pp. 15-19 – The Watchtower—2000
What four horsemen have been on the move since 1914?
w14 6/15 p. 22 – The Watchtower—2014
Brother Pryce Hughes, who resolutely stuck to God and kept in step with His organization, once wrote: “I am so thankful that I have lived in the knowledge of Jehovah’s purposes from those early days just prior to 1914
. . .
w14 5/15 pp. 26-30 – The Watchtower—2014
WATCHTOWER ONLINE LIBRARY
(The following is returned when the search term is “1914.” for the Watchtower Publications Index. Several of the references are not linked because they are only available on the CD-ROM or through offline materials. Where any of these provide additional information, we will do what we can to provide excerpts to this site.)
calculating start and end: si 282
earlier compensating errors in chronology: re 105
end announced before 1914: re 105; jv 60, 134-135; w90 10/15 15; br78 7; it-1 135; tp 70
end in 1914 suggested before Russell: g94 11/8 10; jv 134
appreciation for Awake! articles on: g95 7/8 30
comments by Bible Students: jv 61-62, 634, 636-637
book Millennial Dawn (Studies in the Scriptures), Volume II: re 105; jv 635
book The Three Worlds: re 105
magazine Bible Examiner: jv 134-135; w90 10/15 19; br78 7
magazine The Watch Tower: w12 9/15 25-26; jv 135-139, 635-636; w92 5/1 6; w90 10/15 15
tract The Bible Students Monthly, Volume VI, No. 1: jv 635
Bible Students: yb13 176; yb07 75-76; re 105; g99 12/8 12; w98 5/15 11-14; w94 5/1 24-25; jv 60-63, 134-141, 634-637; w92 5/1 6; w90 10/15 15-16, 19-20; sh 353-354; it-1 135; yb87 124; tp 70
letter to one who stumbled over: jv 634
world trouble generally unexpected: re 106; g99 12/8 12; w92 5/1 4-5; g92 1/8 32; yb87 124; w86 2/15 5; w86 11/1 6
generation since: w95 11/1 16-20; w92 5/1 6-7
life story “My Generation—Unique and Highly Privileged!”: w87 8/1 21-25
number still alive: g94 11/8 28-29; g91 10/8 28; g87 4/8 30; w86 2/15 5
Bible Students’ views: jv 135-141
‘kings take stand against Jehovah and his anointed’ (Ps 2): w90 7/1 27-28
time of the end begins: g94 11/8 10; rs 239-240; w86 11/1 3-7
“the time appointed” (Da 11:29): w93 11/1 13-14
attempts to explain: g94 11/8 6-7
economic: re 106-107; w86 11/1 6-7
political situation: g90 11/22 19
world conditions before: w86 2/15 5; w86 11/1 6-7
heads of state not fearful for personal safety: w90 4/1 26
world conditions in: w86 11/1 6
1920-1928 (Roaring Twenties): g87 3/8 11-15
1929-1934 (Depression): g87 3/22 24-27
1935-1940 (League of Nations dies): g87 4/8 17-21
1940-1943 (nations in anguish): g87 4/22 15-19
1943-1945 (end of World War II): g87 5/8 16-20
1946-1959 (deceptive prosperity): g87 5/22 12-15
1960-1969 (turbulent protest): g87 6/8 21-25
1970-1986 (world disintegration): g87 6/22 11-15
1913 marked the close of an era: w86 11/1 6
1914 rather than Hiroshima marks the turning point: ct 178; g93 3/22 11
1914 to 1989 a single, discrete epoch: jt 7; g95 11/22 28
19th century ended in 1914: g99 3/8 32
all evidence is against the probability of a war between the great European powers: re 106
all the convulsions of the last half century stem back to 1914: g94 11/8 6; rs 239
believed that war had been relegated to recesses of memory: g92 1/8 32
day the world went mad: tp 80
fulfilled an extraordinary prophecy: re 105; jv 60; wj 23
generation of 1914 believed in the relief that war might bring: g94 11/8 6
great turning point of the history of humanity: pc 30; re 106; pc95 30
if one takes August 1914 as the dividing line, the contrasts between nineteenth and twentieth centuries are striking: w86 11/1 6-7
illusions and enthusiasms possible up to 1914 slowly sank beneath a sea of massive disillusionment: g94 11/8 9; w92 5/1 5
incomparable season was the end of an era: w92 5/1 5
in the whole history of mankind, few dates have had the importance of August 2, 1914: re 190
last completely normal year in history was 1913: jt 7; br78 7
little or no evidence of “snowballing” of conflicts: w86 11/1 6
major powers appeared to be more settled than they had been for many years: w86 11/1 6
many thousands are still alive: w92 5/1 3
marked a radical, and in the end catastrophic, transformation of that [financial] system:w86 11/1 6-7
marked by exceptional tranquillity: w92 5/1 4
marked the end of an era and the beginning of another: tp 73
modern era began in 1914. It could end in mass annihilation: g93 3/22 11
rates of severe depression increased in each generation since 1915: w93 9/15 10
security and quiet have disappeared since 1914: re 94; jt 7; w94 3/1 18; br78 7
since 1914 a fated and predetermined march toward ever greater disaster: pc 29-30; re 106; w94 3/1 18; br78 7
since 1914 a marked regression from standards regarded as normal: w01 6/1 5
start of the confusion that is still happening: w86 2/15 5
suddenly, unexpectedly, one morning in 1914 the whole thing came to an end: re 106; w98 4/15 9; g93 3/22 11; w86 2/15 5
turning point, and the wonderful, calm, attractive world of yesterday had vanished: tp 73-74
utopia was in sight: jt 7; g93 3/22 11; br78 7
war came and the world changed—utterly: w96 4/1 19
world lost a coherence which it has not managed to recapture: re 190; ct 178; g93 3/22 11
world of 1914 was full of hope and promise: w92 5/1 4
world prior to 1914 moving irreversibly toward higher civilization: w09 3/15 16
Although this site has separated the 1914 discussion into several major subject areas, many of the references in the Watchtower’s publications obviously cover multiple subjects related to the 1914 teaching. The same is true for the discussions that will appear under any particular subject. This particular “index” may be able to serve as a kind of site map to help link the Watchtower references to various subject areas.
For example Matthew 24 is it’s own menu heading, but “parousia” and the “generation” are based on Matthew 24, but have separate subject areas in the menu structure. The meaning of the “sign” would have been an additional possible heading, but is not included. Daniel 4 is another separate subject which can be appropriate for discussing the relationship between Nebuchadezzar’s dream and it’s potential relationship to the Davidic kingdom, and the interpretation of the 2,520 year period, the Gentile Times, and the reason that 607 BCE is tied to that Davidic kingdom. Here again, we could have included additional issues surrounding the 70 years of desolation, the 70 weeks of years, and related issues from Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Zechariah, etc.