Jehovah’s Witnesses—“The Last of the Last Days”

Jehovah’s Witnesses—“The Last of the Last Days”

“Sin is not ended by multiplying words” (Proverbs 10:19 NIV)

“At the beginning their words are folly; at the end they are wicked madness—and fools multiply words” (Ecclesiastes 10:13,14 NIV)

Back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the year 1914 would be the end of the world, in direct contradiction to Jesus warning that no one knows the date of the end of the world (Matthew 24;36). Rather than repent of their false prophesy (Deuteronomy 18:20-22), after their prediction failed, they began to claim that they had actually accurately foretold some things about 1914, since the first World War started that year. Twenty-nine years later, in 1943, they began to assert that: (1) Jesus had invisibly “returned” by assuming full power as the king of God’s kingdom, and (2) that the “last days” of this world also started in 1914, and (3) “the great tribulation” (Matthew 24:21,22) began, and (4) the generation that was alive in 1914 will not completely die off until the end comes (Matthew 24:34). Jehovah’s Witnesses have held to the first two of these four claims, but have changed the 3rd and 4th claims.

All we have to do is a little math to see that 105 years have now elapsed since 1914. The Jehovah’s Witnesses have dug themselves in even deeper by holding onto these unscriptural assertions, rather than admit they have been dead wrong about their 1914 date. To make matters even worse, Jehovah’s Witnesses, in their main publication, the October 2019 Watchtower study article, have an article entitled “Keep Busy During These Last of the Last Days”. The idea of “The Last of the Last Days” has been used by Jehovah’s Witnesses for some years now as a patch over their failed 1914 date that they have held onto so tenaciously. But to enshrine it further now in a main study article, rather than letting the entire concept go as being unscriptural, seems insane.

Contrary to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ false doctrines of “The Last Days of the Jewish System”, running from 33 CE to 70 CE, and “The Last Days of This World”, running from 1914 to Armageddon, the Bible itself clearly indicates the “Last Days” started at Pentecost, the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection:

“Let me explain this to you . . . this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says . . . ‘” (Acts 2:17 NIV). Peter, the apostles spokesman at the time, explains that the miraculous speaking in foreign languages was a fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy, taking place right then and there “In the last days”.

Three decades later, when Paul wrote his final letter, he warned about “terrible times in the last days”, and urged: “Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Timothy 3:1,5 NIV), so it is very obvious that “the last days” were happening then! Jehovah’s Witnesses often use 2 Timothy 3:1-5 when discussing “the last days”, while asserting that “the last days” began in 1914.

About the year 61 CE, Christians are told that “in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1,2 NIV), that God had already been speaking to them through Jesus, and did not have to wait until 1914.

About a year or two later, James scolded rich Christians who had “hoarded wealth in the last days” (James 5:4 NIV). Clearly these “last days had been going on for some time!

Jehovah’s Witnesses have obviously painted themselves into a corner with their 1914 date, and their stubborn refusal to abandon it. Now they publicly spout out such unscriptural terms as “The Last of the Last Days”. Such a term is noticeably absent from the Bible.

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