Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.” (NWT)
Since the bright light is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established, should we expect to see changes, corrections and improvements in the Truth message?
Pastor Russell said, “We are living in the time during which God has been pouring in upon our hearts and minds all this joy, peace and blessing mentioned by the Prophet; but it did not happen in one hour, in one day, or in one year. It has been a gradual unfolding of Divine Truth. The path of the just shines more and more.” R5569 : page 330
Imagine yourself in a pitch black room. You cannot see the chair in front of you because it is too dark. In the dawn or morning, light from the sun gradual illuminates the room through the window. At first you can finally make out an object in the room. Then you can see it is a chair. As more light enters the room, you can see the color of the chair and other fine details. At no time does the chair change into a table.
In Pastor Russell’s day, the Truth never changed. It just became clearer as more harmonious details were filled in. The difference with today’s Jehovah’s Witnesses is that the Truth keeps changing; the chair changes into a table.
We would do well to take note of Deut 18, “21 And in case you should say in your heart: “How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?” 22 when the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word does not occur or come true, that is the word that Jehovah did not speak. With presumptuousness the prophet spoke it. You must not get frightened at him.’” (NWT)
The 1920 JW booklet Millions Now Living Will Never Die, declares, “…we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of death, being resurrected… Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old.” — pages 89-90
From 1966 to 1975 the Watchtower regularly implied that Armageddon would arrive in 1975.
“Just think, brothers, there are ONLY ABOUT NINETY MONTHS* LEFT before 6,000 years of mans existence on earth is completed… THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE LIVING TODAY will probably be alive when Armageddon breaks out, and there are no resurrection hopes for those who are destroyed then. So, now more than ever, it is vital not to ignore that spirit of wanting to do more.”
(Kingdom Ministry, March 1968, p. 4)
* Note: 1968 + 90 months = 1975
“The published timetable resulting from this independent study gives the date of man’s creation as 4026 B.C.E. According to this trustworthy Bible chronology six thousand years from man’s creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E.” Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God 1966 pp.26-30
“Yes, THE END of this system is SO VERY NEAR! Is that not reason to increase our activity?…Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes* and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. CERTAINLY THIS IS A FINE WAY TO SPEND THE SHORT TIME REMAINING BEFORE THE WICKED WORLD’S END.”
(Kingdom Ministry, May 1974, p. 3)
* Note: Selling homes appears to be encouraged in preparation for 1975
It is not our intention to continue on with a list the countless contradictions in JW publications. Many Christian websites attempt to do this, yet what do they have to offer you in place of what you now have. In their own churches not only will they will teach you hell, trinity and immortality of the soul, but open public discussion and the expression of different opinions will not be tolerated, especially not if you attempt to provide scriptural evidence. In the early days of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, this freedom of expression was permitted and encouraged. But in this regard, there is no longer much of a difference between JWs of today and the nominal churches.
In Pastor Russell’s day, the light did continually grow brighter. More harmonious details were filled in and added to the Truths already existing. But the Truth itself never changed.