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What Happened in 1914?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

So what did happen in 1914? Is there any evidence to support or deny the position of Pastor Russell? The outbreak of an unprecedented world war caused the following reaction from the publisher of a noted periodical.  The August 30, 1914, issue of The World Magazine in a feature article about Bible Student predictions reported:

The terrific war outbreak in Europe has fulfilled an extraordinary prophecy. For 25 years Bible Students have been proclaiming to the world that the Day of Wrath prophesied in the Bible would dawn in 1914. The Bible speaks of a “time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation.” This prophecy of Daniel Bible Students identify as the “Day of Wrath,” the “Time of the Lord,” and the so-called “End of the World,” references which are plentiful in the Scriptures.

Historians have much to say about that eventful year 1914. The following is a part of the historical record.

Edmond Taylor while quoting Arnold Toynbee said:

“Looking back from the vantage point of the present we see that the outbreak of World War I ushered in a twentieth-century “Time of Troubles”… from which our civilization has by no means yet emerged. Directly or indirectly all the convulsions of the last half century stem back to 1914: the two World Wars, the Bolshevik Revolution, the rise and fall of Hitler, the continuing turmoil in the Far and Near East, the power-struggle between the communist world and our own. More than 23,000,000 deaths can be traced to one or the other of these upheavals.”

Britannica Great Books, THE GREAT IDEAS TODAY:

“A world mesmerized by Science and progress mocked the mysticism of religious sects which had long predicted that the world would end in the year 1914; fifty years later the world isn’t so sure that it didn’t end in 1914.”


“If ever there was a year that marked the end of an era and the beginning of another, it was 1914. That year brought to an end the old world with its sense of security and began a modern age whose chief characteristic is insecurity on a daily basis.”

1914 is clearly marked by unbiased historians as the ending of a world. The convulsions since are at once the processes of its disintegration and the birth pains of a new world. Britannica editors, as noted, observed that a religious group (actually known as Bible Students) predicted 1914 would mark the ending of a world in just this manner.

The list of writers describing the unprecedented destructive forces unleashed in 1914 is phenomenal and more continue to add their observations to this day.

In his book, OUT OF CONTROL, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor and professor of American Foreign Policy at John Hopkins University, notes that the 20th century began amid great hope and promise, but became the century of insanity. In elaborating on his observation of 175 million slaughtered in the name of the “politics of organized insanity,” he says:

“Contrary to its promise, the twentieth century became mankind’s most bloody and hateful century of hallucinatory politics and of monstrous killings. Cruelty was institutionalized to an unprecedented degree, lethality was organized on a mass production basis. The contrast between the scientific potential for good and the political evil that was actually unleashed is shocking.  Never before in history was killing so globally pervasive, never before did it consume so many lives, never before was human annihilation pursued with such concentration of sustained effort on behalf of such arrogantly irrational goals.”

These observations of history confirm Pastor Russell’s prediction that the old world began to end in 1914 and is currently being ushered completely out of existence by a consuming process of wars, revolutions and anarchy. The evidence of history clearly teaches that 1914 is the most significant date in modern times as it marks a sharp break with the past. The wars and upheavals, social turmoil and unrest since 1914 are greater, deeper, and more unrelenting than anything mankind has ever experienced. Were Pastor Russell’s expectations then flatly and patently wrong? Was he indeed a false prophet? NO! Pastor Russell was correct concerning 1914 being the beginning of the end. He was indefinite as to the length of this trouble that would terminate our world or social order Without making a prediction, he allowed that it could last a hundred years after 1914. No one has given a better explanation of the events of the 20th century.

Let the reader note that this was not the last word of Pastor Russell on the subject—that the world would end amidst the greatest and most widespread trouble ever before experienced by man. NO! The trouble of the present time and recent past is merely the passing of the old order as a new order of righteousness, peace, and everlasting life is to be ushered in for the benefits and blessing of all the families of the earth who accept and obey God’s words of life. This is the real reason the doomsayers opposed him.   Their theology could not accept this good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom for the vast majority of humankind.

133 comments to What Happened in 1914?

  • Anonymous

    Ashely..the bible help us to know what that number 666 means,it those not mean that the number will be on your four head,but according to rev 1:1. It help us to know dat d bible book of revulation is writting in signs,so like the israelite,the law says “u must tie the law on your head”dose that means that the will write the law on thier head.no.so like the israelite our way of life will determine if we have that mark,like the istaelite thier way of life will detetmine if the have JEHOVAH LAW WRITTEN ON THIER HEAD

  • Ashley Nave

    Additionally I wouldn’t be surprised that Revelation chapters 12 & 13 is prophetic. I additionally brought up the issue of Nephium giants and demons at Genesis chapter 6 and questioned if the bible was throughly complete. The movie The Omen was brought up on how unexplained or unusual things happpened when the movie stars were making the movie- People believe that the movie is cursed and not just because of evil spirits, however it is noval on the fictious side of the Antichrist. The movie was made in the 1970s. It seems that Revelation 13:15, it looks like it turns out there might be a demon child or child that is Satan’s or origin’s of the Nephium demons or evil spirits. This is something that the Jehovah’s Witnesses might know or talk about. Adolf Hitler was evil, but there is something evil that is yet to probably happen in the advaning period of the last days. The movie had political and government affairs in it. It might be a movie but some movies are not meant to be made.

  • Ashley Nave

    I one other about 666 or 616? In chapter 13 Mark of the wild beast? Some believe that the bible might having books or parks in there. The Ethiopian bible has 81 books, The King James has 66 books, and the Catholic Bible has 73 books. Sometimes I don’t know who to turn to about certain topics- Is the bible really thoroughly complete? Ethiopia is the closest country where the very origins of Christianity started. Now 666 is said to government or political, but is it ever true that there might something left the Nephium demons or evil spirits? Knowing that a movie called the Omen- You better believe it- strange or unexplained things when the actors were making the film I try not to watch The Omen, but something always told me that there might be a evil demon child belonging to the origin of the Nephium. If people believe that holy and good things come Jehovah is possible at Matthew 19:26. Knowing the Nephium giants or feller angels at Genesis Chapter 6. For some reason I believe Satan probably has things we are unaware about. My family has been attacked by Satan many times. I always had fear of witches to some point. I hold my feelings and expressions too long about certain things.

  • Jacqueline (Bible student)

    Ashley, thank you for commenting. I am at a convention now but will answer some of you questions later. I am sure others will comment also. This one about 1914 is interesting. I will post a link for you on Rev. 12th chapter. It is very different from what Jehovah witnesses believe. I will do this tonight.

  • Ashley Nave

    In 1914, It was a marked date for Christ Jesus to start ruling as king in heaven. It describes it at Revelation Chapter 12. A war broke out in heaven and Michael the Archangel and other holy angels fought Satan the Devil and demons, they were cast down to the earth. On earth World War 1 happened, and 1940 World War 2 took place. Now the test is this: Ask yourselves what about World War 3 that’s the final war and World Religious War will eventually take place. That is the true test to really know. Have people noticed that times are worsening now a days? Yet we are living in critical times at 3 Timothy 3:1-5,13. Now know the final test.

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Ashley Nave – Nice to have you visiting and commententing about various topics. It would be interesting to hear your comments on the various articles themselves, what you agree with or disagree with.

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