Most of Jehovah’s Witnesses would no doubt vehemently disagree with the suggestion that the Watchtower Society needs a change of leadership because of their feeling of intense loyalty to the so-called faithful and discreet slave. However, all of Jehovah’s Witnesses should likewise be in agreement that the only opinion of any weight or consequence is the considered opinion of God himself. Since none of us are in any position to directly inquire of Jehovah as to what he thinks, we must rely upon the preserved documents that reveal his thinking on matters. In that respect, God’s past dealings mirror his future judgments. To be sure, the leadership of the Watchtower Society long ago recognized that that is how the Bible works.
“And when he got nearby, he viewed the city and wept over it, saying: ‘If you, even you, had discerned on this day the things having to do with peace—but now they have been hidden from your eyes. Because the days will come upon you when your enemies will build around you a fortification of pointed stakes and will encircle you and besiege you from every side. They will dash you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave a stone upon a stone in you, because you did not discern the time of your being inspected.’”
The stupidity of humanity is astonishing. Since the horror of the nuclear age was unleashed 70 years ago with the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, America has taken the lead in producing thousands of warheads many times more powerful than the ones that were detonated over Japan in 1945.
It is not simply that the Watchtower teaches that the powerful Kingdom of God began ruling in 1914 and that Jesus’ invisible presence began then. Over the course of these past 100 years the Watchtower has interpreted virtually every prophecy in the Bible, with just a few exceptions, explaining them in relation to 1914. In other words, everything has been fulfilled.
In the run-up to the overthrow of the Judean Kingdom Jehovah acquisitioned the mighty army of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon as his punishing agent. However, it was not just tiny little Judah that God punished. It was all of the nations. That is why Babylon’s conquest of nations is called the day of Jehovah.
Jesus did not always refer to a generation as being a wicked and adulterous generation. Just as he told his disciples that “this generation will by no means pass away until you see all these things”, Christ also told the Jews and their Pharisees the same thing.
In several places the apostle Paul used the analogy of a foot race to illustrate the course of life for Christians. “I have run the race to the finish,” the apostle wrote to Timothy toward the close of his earthly life. “And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” he exhorted his fellow Hebrews.