The 1914 Avoidance Factor

Today, I had a conversation with one of my former Brethren about the validity of the 1914 date. I have known this individual for quite some time and I applaud him for asking me why I disassociated myself from “The Watchtower Organization.”

I gave my reasons as follows:

  • There is no scriptural evidence of God setting up an “Earthly Organization.”
  • Jesus never spoke of such a thing.
  • We do not see Christ’s apostles or disciples after his ascension teaching about an “Earthly Organization” or setting one up.
  • That the idea of an “Earthly Organization” is a modern-day contemporary one.
  • The 1914 date goes against what Christ taught at Matthew 24:36Matthew 24:42, and Acts 1:7
  • I gave many more reasons.

Yet, it was the 1914 date that piqued his interest. He asked me, “So you do not believe Christ’s parousia occurred in the year 1914?” My answer was no, and that “According to Christ such dates, times and seasons is not knowable by any human, human entity, angel or by even Christ himself. Only the Father in heaven knows this.”

I quoted Matthew 24:36Matthew 24:24, and Acts 1:7 from the New World Translation Bible. Here they are:

Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.

My former Brother (JW) said to me, “Well, this scripture says nobody knows the day and hour, it did not say that nobody will know the year.

I was expecting such a response so I reminded him of how the word day is often used in the Bible: Not always as a twenty-four hour day. I reminded him of the next verses at Matthew 24:37-38 which illustrates the use of the word day.

For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. For as they were in those days before the flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark

Matthew 24:42 reads:

Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.

My friend maintained that this scripture uses the word day, not year.

My response to him was, “By whose calendar are you reckoning the year? The Gregorian Calendar? The Jewish Calendar? etc. He had no answer.

Then I asked him, why would Jesus say “Keep on the watch?” If one knew on what year he would return, there would be no need to “Keep on the watch.” Therefore, Jesus was not referring to a literal 24-hour day or year.

I asked him if it was logical for a thief to announce when he was going to break into someone’s house. He said, “No.” 

So one does not know when a thief is coming. One does not know the hour, day, or year. One would be in constant vigilance for him.

I referred to 1 Thess 5:1-2:

Now as for the times and the seasons, brothers, YOU need nothing to be written to YOU. For YOU yourselves know quite well that Jehovah’s day is coming exactly as a thief in the night.

I read out loud to him Jesus’ words at Acts 1:7:

He said to them: “It does not belong to YOU to get knowledge of the times or seasons which the Father has placed in his own jurisdiction.

A year is a time (period). So the argument that Matthew 24:42 does not mention year is a very weak one.

I was frank with my friend: “You are maintaining and defending a teaching of a religious organization rather than defending what Christ taught.”

His eyes got glazed over. I have seen this look all too often. That glazed look is a proverbial sticking one’s head in the sand.

He then said to me, “We just have to wait on Jehovah.”


“What does that mean? God has already spoken to us through His Son and I mentioned a few of the Scriptures above and His Son says that …”

Keep on the watch, therefore, because YOU do not know on what day YOUR Lord is coming.

So what my friend was saying was that one should listen to what the Watch Tower organization says and ignore what Christ said.

The Watch Tower cannot reconcile their 1914 teaching with what Jesus said in the Scriptures above.

Thus, it is easier to avoid what Jesus said and steer individuals away from those Scriptures and carry them along with a1914 teaching that will prove to be false and not pass the test of being from God. (1 John 4:1)

I can with certainty say that the Watch Tower organization is very worried about all the things they say will be fulfilled based in the 1914 teaching foundation.

Yet, the Watch Tower organization will do what it always does when something it has been teaching and prophesying about does not come to pass, it plays the “light getting brighter” game.

Was not the light bright enough way back then when they began teaching these things? Was not The Most High God truthful when he gave the Watch Tower the 1914 teaching? (Assuming that He was the source of the teaching.)

The Watch Tower always has a way out when backed into a corner. But any thinking person and anyone who is currently a Jehovah’s Witness or a former Jehovah’s Witness, has to ask themselves, “Who is it that I should be listening to and obeying? Humans? Human entities and organizations? Or Christ?

The answer is clear as The Most High God Himself has spoken at Luke 9:35:

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying: “This is my Son, the one that has been chosen. Listen to him.”

What did The Son say at Matthew 24:36Matthew 24:42, and Acts 1:7?

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R. Jerome Harris

No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.

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