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Why hasn't the end come yet?

How does the Bible define a false prophet?

The best answer to this is found at Deuteronomy 18:20-22, NWT says:

"'However, the prophet who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die.  And in case you should say in your heart: "How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?" 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.'

This scripture is very clear and leaves no room for interpretation.  My understanding of this scripture, as I was taught, was if you say something is going to happen in the name of God, or claim to be a prophet of God and what you tell people is going to happen does not happen, then you are a false prophet.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has made many end-time predictions throughout the history of the religion.  For a partial list of articles and publications view our media page.

Growing up, I remember 1975 was to be the year the end would come.  Then it did not come.  We were also told that the end would come during "this generation" (See Matt. 24:34).  For many years, "this generation" was explained by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society as those who understood what happened in 1914.  But, as recently as 2010, they have had to re-explain what "this generation" means.  When you ask about all these false predictions, you will be told, "The light is getting brighter."

According to The Watchtower, June 15, 2010, p5 states:

"Brother Barr made clear that the gathering would not continue indefinitely.  He referred to Matthew 24:34, which says, 'This generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.'  He twice read the comment: 'Jesus evidently meant that the lives of the annointed ones who were on hand when the sign began to be evident in 1914 would overlap with the lives of other annointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation.'  We do not know the exact length of "this generation," but it includes these two groups whose lives overlap."

But, suggesting when the end would come happened several other times since the religion was founded

So, why do Jehovah's Witnesses keep trying to predict the end.  Afterall, the Bible states at Matt. 24:36, NWT:

"Concerning that day and hour nobody knows..."

I believe this is a fear tactic to retain and acquire followers

Has the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claimed to be Prophets?

Articles by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society can be referenced to see the flip-flops:

The Watchtower Magazine, April 1, 1972, p127 Claim to be prophets.

Awake, March 22, 1993, p4 Retract and say they never made any of these predictions in Jehovah's name.

But, in the February 1, 1971 Watchtower, they say that God's prophetic word has not failed and the generation that saw the events of 1914 will not pass off the scene before the prophesied great tribulation comes!

According to

It is completely untruthful that the Watchtower has not claimed that its predications are 'the words of Jehovah". "Today, Jehovah provides instruction by means of "the faithful steward." Pay Attention to Yourself and to All The Flock p.13

"commissioned to serve as the mouthpiece and active agent of Jehovah... commission to speak as a prophet in the name of Jehovah..." The Nations Shall Know that I am Jehovah" - How? pp.58,62

"...commission to speak as a "prophet" in His name...." Watchtower 1972 Mar. 15 p.189

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."