The End

What Watchtower Wrote—False Prophets


“When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.” — Deuteronomy 18:22 (NWT)

“He… exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits down in the temple of God, publicly showing himself to be a god.” — 2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NWT)

“This chronology is not of man, but of God… of divine origin… absolutely and unqualifiedly correct… incontestably established… not a human intervention but a discovery of divine truth… Jehovah’s chronology…” — Watchtower July 15, 1922 pp. 217-219

“No man’s opinion is expressed in the Watchtower.” — Watchtower November 1, 1931 p. 327

“And now in this ‘time of the end’, when we are at the threshold of the new world, he has gathered us to his organization in fulfillment of his promise…” — Watchtower October 1, 1950 p. 355

“We are now at the threshold of the righteous new world.” — Watchtower April 15, 1951 p. 240

“Fulfillment of Bible prophecy indicates that we are living at the threshold of God’s new world.” — Watchtower February 1, 1953 p. 94

“We are now on the threshold of a new world that will never perish or grow old”. — Watchtower September 15, 1953 p. 570

“That was the publication of a false prophecy, it was a false statement or an erroneous statement in fulfillment of a prophecy that was false or erroneous.” — Watchtower lawyer HC Covington regarding Christ’s second coming predicted for 1874, Douglas Walsh trial transcript, 1954

“We are at the threshold of this peaceful millennium.” — Watchtower April 1954 p. 222

“Jehovah’s servants, more than any others in the earth today, have much to look forward to, being right on the threshold of the new world.” — Watchtower August 15, 1954 p. 490

“… we are at the threshold of God’s new world.” — Watchtower April 1, 1956 p. 206

“… we are standing at the threshold of a peaceable, happy and life-giving new world.” — Watchtower November 15, 1958 p. 686

“We are at the very threshold of Armageddon…” — Watchtower August 15, 1960 p. 508

“What a shame it would be to lose out on the new world when we are now at its threshold!” — Watchtower September 1, 1960 p. 538

“Today, when we are on the threshold of God’s righteous new world…” — Watchtower June 15, 1962 p. 381

“… how much more should we be able to endure, living as we do on the very threshold of God’s new order?” — Watchtower October 1, 1966 p. 601

“We who live today stand at the threshold of Armageddon, God’s war in which the wicked will be wiped off the earth.” — Watchtower May 1, 1967 p. 259

“We stand at the threshold of God’s new order…” — Watchtower September 1, 1967 p. 540

“Here we are right on the very threshold of entry into God’s new order.” — Watchtower April 1, 1969 p. 207

“Now we stand at the very threshold of the new system of things.” — Watchtower November 15, 1969 p. 700

“How do I know the ‘new things’ will be the truth in five years?” — Awake! April 22, 1970 p. 8

“… the world stands at the very threshold of a ‘great tribulation’ culminating in Armageddon… ” — Watchtower April 1, 1970 p. 208

“Does Jehovah have a prophet to… warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet?… Today they are known as Jehovah’s Christian witnesses. They are still proclaiming a warning, and have been joined and assisted in their commissioned work by hundreds of thousands of persons who have listened to their message with belief. Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a “prophet” of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. What does it show?” — Watchtower April 1, 1972 p. 197

“… the position of God’s people today on the threshold of God’s new order” — Watchtower August 15, 1972 p. 503

“In fact, we do not have to look so far ahead​—we are now on the threshold.” — Watchtower August 15, 1973 p. 495

“After having come to the very threshold of the new era…” — Watchtower October 1, 1973 p. 596

“Here we are at the threshold of the thousand-year reign…” — Our Kingdom Ministry November, 1973 p. 1

“… we are at threshold of New Order.” — Our Kingdom Ministry September 1974 p. 6

“Today we stand on the threshold of a great era for the earth.” — Watchtower May 15, 1975 p. 302

“We today are particularly favored, for we stand at the threshold of God’s new order…” — Watchtower June 1, 1976 p. 344

“For today we are at the threshold of a worldwide change in government, the end of this entire global system.​” — Awake March 22, 1977 p. 8

“We’re on the threshold of a change to a perfect government.” — Awake! February 22, 1983 p. 11

“We therefore stand at the very threshold of a divinely blessed governmental ‘new heaven’ over ‘a new earth,’ a righteous human society.” — Watchtower July 15, 1990 p. 6

“The story is told of a boy who watched the sheep of the villagers. To stir up a bit of excitement, one day he cried out, “Wolf! Wolf!” when there was no wolf. The villagers rushed out with clubs to drive off the wolf, only to find that there was none. It was such great fun that later on the boy repeated his cry. Again the villagers rushed out with their clubs, only to discover that it was another false alarm. After that, a wolf did come, and the boy sounded the warning, “Wolf! Wolf!” but the villagers dismissed his cry as another false alarm. They had been fooled too often. So it has become with those who proclaim the end of the world. Down through the centuries since Jesus’ day, so many unfulfilled predictions have been made that many no longer take them seriously.” — Awake! March 22, 1993 p. 3

“Jehovah’s Witnesses… have suggested dates that turned out to be incorrect. Because of this, some have called them false prophets. Never in these instances, however, did they presume to originate predictions ‘in the name of Jehovah.’ Never did they say, ‘These are the words of Jehovah.’ The Watchtower, the official journal of Jehovah’s Witnesses, has said: “We have not the gift of prophecy.” (January 1883, page 425)” — Awake! March 22, 1993 p. 4

“Under the direction of that Kingdom, a global witness has been given for nearly 80 years, and today we are at the threshold of a promised ‘new heavens and a new earth.'” — Watchtower December 1, 1993 p. 10

“… we are at the very threshold of that new world…” — Awake! June 22, 1994 p. 11

“Today we stand at the threshold of Jesus’ arrival in the dual role of deliverer and executioner.” — Our Kingdom Ministry July, 1995 p. 1

“… we are on the threshold of a new world of God’s making.” — Awake! April 22, 1996 p. 9

“Today, Jehovah’s people stand at the threshold of the righteous new world.” — Watchtower July 15, 1997 p. 19

“It stressed that right now we are on the threshold of the best of times because we are very, very deep into the time of the end, with the new system just ahead!” — Our Kingdom Ministry October, 1999 p. 1

“We know that we are on the threshold of the best of times because we are very deep into ‘the time of the end’!” — Watchtower April 1, 2000 p. 15

“‘How do we know that this is the truth as Jesus taught it?’ ‘Are these really the last days? After all, we are already in the 21st century.’ ‘Are we on the threshold of Armageddon, or is it a long way off?’ If such doubts should arise, what can we do to remove them?” — Watchtower February 1, 2001 p. 9

Today, we stand on the threshold of a vastly superior Promised Land​—a paradise earth in which blessings far richer than those of Joshua’s day await all who have God’s approval.” — Watchtower September 15, 2001 p. 10

“However, Christians today stand at the threshold of a wonderful Promised Land​—God’s righteous new world.” — Watchtower October 15, 2001 p. 19

“We are on the threshold of that new world.” — Watchtower October 15, 2003 p. 6

“In our case, we are on the threshold of the promised earthly Paradise.” — Watchtower October 15, 2004 p. 17

“As we stand at the threshold of the promised new world…” — Watchtower December 1, 2004 p. 8

“We are now on the threshold of a new world promised by Jehovah God.” — Watchtower May 15, 2006 p. 5

“Standing as we are on the threshold of the new world…” — Watchtower October 15, 2014 p. 27

“Now in the final part of ‘the last days,’ God’s servants are on the threshold of a righteous new world.” — Watchtower January 15, 2015 p. 23

“We stand at the threshold of the promised new world.” — Watchtower June, 2016 p. 21

“Now we stand at the very threshold of the new world.” — Patrick LaFranca, JW Broadcasting, 2021

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