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1925 Prophecy



         Introduction by D.M. Two main things mark the 1925 prophecy: The end of the world, and the coming of a “righteous government,” with the Hebrews 11 men resurrecting to help govern the new government under the Watchtower organization, and Jesus Christ.

         This thought was given much coverage, in 1925, when Rutherford wrote a booklet entitled Millions Now Living Will Never Die (posted on this website). The book warned everyone that the world would be destroyed in 1925, but that those who joined the Watchtower organization would be spared. A righteous government would form under the auspices of the Watch Tower Society. Joining this government would be the resurrected Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others from the pre-Christian era (p. 88).

         As we know, the end of the world didn't come, nor did the Hebrews 11 crowd. No problem, Rutherford encouraged his followers by telling them the end would indeed come--and soon! Conveniently, in 1925, the stock market crash was a great opportunity to convince the devotees that the end was already at hand.

         Rutherford stated in the Millions book (p. 88) that,

“Since other Scriptures definitely fix the fact that there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of old, and that these will have the first favor, we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of death, being resurrected and fully restored to perfect humanity and made the visible, legal representation of the new order of things on earth.” (p. 88)

 

         Also, written from Millions (p. 89-90) is

“As we have heretofore stated, the great jubilee cycle is due to begin in 1925. At that time the earthly phase of the kingdom shall be recognized....Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection.”

 

         On page 97, Rutherford states,

Based upon the argument heretofore set forth then, that the old order of things, the old world, is ending and is therefore passing away, and that the new order is coming in, and that 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old and the beginning of reconstruction, it is reasonable to conclude that millions of people now on the earth will be still on the earth in 1925....Of course, it does not mean that every one will live; for some will refuse to obey the divine law; but those who have been evil and turn again to righteousness and obey righteousness shall live and not die.”

 

         Lastly, one last comment in his Millions book (p. 106-107) is,

“And since the old order is passing away and the new is coming in, we can with confidence proclaim the glad message that millions now living on earth will be granted the opportunity for life everlasting and those who obey shall never die, but shall be restored and live in happiness, joy and peace upon the earth forever.”

 

         While Rutherford’s Millions book, did speak much about the end of the world,

and the return of the Hebrews 11 men, it didn’t stop there. It actually started

surfacing earlier than that.

Take a look at the 1917 Watchtower (October 15, 1917, p. 6157),just weeks before Russell’s death. It states 6157), states,


          “Abraham should enter upon the actual possession of his promised inheritance in the year 1925 A.D.”

 

         
In 1918, in the Finished Mystery, p. 128, (written by Rutherford, but “supposedly” posthumously by Russell), it states,

“No doubt Satan believed the Millennial Kingdom was due to be set up in 1915....Be that as it may, there is evidence that the establishment of the Kingdom in Palestine will probably be in 1925, ten years later than we once calculated” (italics, in original).

 

         
In 1922, written in The Watchtower (Sept. 1, 1922, p. 262), we can read,

 

“The physical facts show beyond question of a doubt that 1914 ended the Gentile times....The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures because it is fixed by the law God gave to Israel

    

In 1923, The Watchtower (April 1, 1923, p. 106), in the section of Question and Answer, the following is given:

         Question: “Did the order go forth eight months ago to the Pilgrims [J.W.’s] to cease talking about 1925? Have we more reason, or as much, to believe the kingdom will be established in 1925 than Noah had to believe that there would be a flood?”

 

Answer: “....Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures....As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had (so far as the Scriptures reveal) upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge.”




In 1924, The Watchtower (July 15, 1924, p. 211), we can read,


         “The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914.... (italics, in the original).



         
In 1925, The Watchtower (January 1, 1925, p. 3), told it’s followers:


         “The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during the year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. (italics, mine)


         
Do you notice that last line, in the above quote? At the beginning of 1925, The Watchtower was beginning to peddle themselves out of this prophecy....just in


case it didn’t come about.


         Below, you can find all the above statements, in their originals, on the link, below. Feel free to print them out, and put them in your notebook, in the section, “1925 Prophecy.”

Click here to view: 1925 Prophecy



     The following points are what we could share with the J.W.

 

1) Question to the J.W.: Did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of old, (as spoken of in Hebrews 11), return back to earth in 1925? If they didn’t, then wouldn’t you call this a false prophecy?


         Read Deuteronomy 18:22:

 

“When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”


         The question is, why not be afraid of this false prophet. The answer is, because of what it says in verse 20 of Deut. 18: “that prophet shall die.”



2)      The J.W. may say that, “When Russell and Rutherford spoke about 1925, it was merely an opinion they held, rather than a prophecy. Therefore, they weren’t false prophets.


         **Reply to the J.W. that, Russell and Rutherford were indeed speaking “from God,” or else they wouldn’t have said this prophecy was in “the scriptures.” As any J.W. will admit, “the Scriptures,” is God’s Word, rather than man’s word. Therefore, with the full approval from the Watchtower organization hierarchy, the statements below are nothing other than false prophecy, and the people have been led by nothing other than “false prophets.”


         **Have the J.W. take a real close look:

 

“Since other Scriptures definitely fix the fact that there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of old, and that these will have the first favor, we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of death, being resurrected and fully restored to perfect humanity and made the visible, legal representation of the new order of things on earth.” (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p. 88)


 

“Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures.... (Watchtower Magazine, April 1, 1923, p. 106),

 

 

“The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914.... (italics, in the original, Watchtower, July 15, 1924).



 





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