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The End of the World is Certain but Uncertain

The End of the World is Certain but uncertain-the consuming fire

 

You heard it for it has been mentioned in the Bible. It has been the trumpet call of every Christian for so many decades and centuries since Jesus’ time.

But the problem lies in our understanding of what the Bible says about Jesus’ coming and the end of the world.


Claims Documented

I. Let’s examine some of the claims documented from The Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

January 1886 issue of Zion’s Watchtower (Vol. VII, No. 5, p. 817):

The outlook at the opening of the New Year has some very encouraging features.  The outward evidences are that the marshaling of the hosts for the battle of the great day of God Almighty is in progress. . .the time is come for Messiah to take the dominion of earth and to overthrow the oppressors and corruptors of the earth. . .the time for the glorifying of the Church the body of Christ is nigh at hand.

January 15, 1892 issue of Zion’s Watchtower (p. 1355 or 21-23):

The date of the close of that “battle” is definitely marked in Scripture as October 1914.  It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October 1874. . . The Scriptures show also that the battle of the great day will begin with the church of God, and that the overthrow of the great nominal church systems will precede the overthrow of the present civil powers.

1897 with the publication by the Watchtower Society of the book The Time Is AT Hand. On page 101, it is stated:

Be not surprised, then, when in subsequent chapters we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun. . . that the “battle of the great day of God Almighty” (Rev. 16;14) which will end in A.D. 1915, with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced.

By 1912, very clear information appeared in Series II of Studies in the Scriptures also entitled “The Time Is At Hand”:

In this chapter we present the Bible evidence proving that the full end of the times of the Gentiles, i.e., the full end of their lease of dominion, will be reached in, A.D. 1914; and that date the Kingdom of God. . . will obtain full, universal control, and that it will then be “set up,” or firmly established, in the earth, on the ruins of present institutions. (p. 76, 77)

Towards the end of 1914, The Watchtower wrote that the battle of Armageddon was still future, but very near:

While it is possible that the Armageddon may begin next Spring, yet it is purely speculation to attempt to say just when.  We see, however, that there are parallels between the close of the Jewish age and this Gospel age. These parallels seem to point to the year just before us–particularly the early months. (Sept. 1, 1914, pp. 261-263)

The years 1914, 1915 and most of 1916 passed by, but still the world did not end.  In the September 1, 1916, issue of The Watchtower, members of the Society were told that their “eye of understanding” should discern that the “Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty” was already in progress and that the outcome would be Messiah’s kingdom.

By 1917, the new date that members of the Society were to look forward to was 1918.  The reason was given in a book that the Society published that year (1917) called The Finished Mystery:

Until 1878 the nominal church had been in a sense God’s sanctuary or Temple; but He was from then on, culminating in 1918, to remove it with a stroke or plague of erroneous doctrines the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russel to learn the meaning of the downfall of “Christianity.” (pp. 484, 485)

Three years passed and as “Christianity” continued to exist, another great event was foretold by the Watchtower Society in a book entitled Millions Now Living Will Never Die, published in 1920:

The chief thing to be restored is the human race to life; and since other Scriptures definitely fix the fact that there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of the 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 representatives of the new order of things on earth. . .

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. (pp. 88, 89, 20)

Anticipation grew as the year drew near.  In the May 2, 1922 issue of The Watchtower, it was stated that “1925 is definitely settled by the Scripture,” and that they were to “expect such a climax in the affairs of the world that the people will begin to realize the presence of the Lord and His kingdom power” (p. 100).

After 1925, the Watchtower Society was relatively quiet about exact dates for the end of the world until the late 1960s.  In 1966, they published the book Life Everlasting-In Freedom of the Sons of God, where it was stated:

. . .the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E.. . . It would not be by mere chance or accident but would be according to the loving purpose of Jehovah God for the reign of Jesus Christ, the “Lord of the Sabbath,” to run parallel with the seventh millennium of man’s existence. . . The blessed time for its introduction is fast approaching.  (p. 81, 82)

The August 15, 1968, issue of The Watchtower gave more detailed information about this in an article entitled “Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?” The article shows why 1975 is the end of 6,000 years of human history since Adam’s creation, and that the “Sabbath-like thousand-year reign of Christ” might start after the autumn of 1975.  It was also pointed out:

Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for-thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then? Possible. . . Even if one cannot see beyond 1975, is this any reason to be less active? (p. 499, 501)

By May 1974, in the Watchtower publication Kingdom Ministry, the Witnesses were encouraged to accomplish “a great work of Kingdom-preaching before the end of this system comes” (p. 3).  Other exhortations said:

Should we not today be initiating his (Jesus) example, especially since we have such a short time left now in which to complete the Kingdom-preaching?  Yes, the end of this system is so very near. . . Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service.  Certainly, this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end. (p. 3)

The following chart briefly reviews the different dates and prophecies that were discussed:

1886

  • Messiah will take the dominion of earth and overthrow its oppressors

1914

  • Close of Battle of Great Day of God Almighty
  • Kingdom of God established on earth
  • Farthest limit of the rule of imperfect men

1915

  • End of the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty
  • Complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership
  • Armageddon might begin

1918

  • End of the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty
  • Wholesale destruction of churches and nominal “Christianity”

1925

  • Climax in the affairs of the world
  • Resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and faithful people listed in Hebrews 11
  • Resurrected beings will head the new order of things on earth

1975-

  • End of 6,000 years of human history
  • Possible date for Armageddon and beginning of Christ’s rule on earth.

Concerning 1975 as the end of the 6,000 years, an earlier issue of The Watchtower (April 1, 1915) stated that the “past six thousand years of the reign of sin and death, have reached their culmination. . . in fulfillment of our heavenly Father’s glorious plans” (p. 101-102).  In other words, 1915 was supposed to be the end of the 6,000 years!


II. The UCCP Statement of Faith

We believe that the resurrection of Jesus Christ has overcome the power of death gives assurance of life after death, and we look forward to His coming again in all fullness and glory make all creation new and to gather all the faithful in the Kingdom of God.

As all faithful Christians believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines believes it so.

It is a certain thing to happen because we believe in all the words and promises of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)

The day of the coming is uncertain. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)

 

The Verdict

It is obvious that none of the Watchtower prophecies were fulfilled.  They all failed.  Jesus warned us to be aware of false prophets and not be misled by them. (Matt. 7:15-23; 24:4, 5, 11, 24-28).

According to the test given us by Moses in Deuteronomy 18, The Watchtower Society is a false prophet.  It only takes one false prophecy to make a false prophet, and the Watchtower has been wrong at least six times.  Therefore, we are not to fear it but reject it and its teachings.

 

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References:

UCCP Statement of Faith

Counterfeit, by Donal L. Platt: The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (or Jehovah’s Witnesses); p. 79-82.

The Bible

 

25 thoughts on “The End of the World is Certain but Uncertain”

  1. No offense but in my opinion, this is quite of spreading false-info, what comes to “wars in name of God”, what comes to crusades, it started about thousand years ago and thanks to God we had protestant reformation 500 years ago and our faith is about love and respect each other as equal. We are not racistic Islamists or supporters of sharia, fascism or other anti-human ideologies. Our weapon is love and care. Also what comes to less tolerance factions like Islam, it has nothing to with Christianity, we are peaceful and tolerant. But I want to keep in minds, there is also a small group of secular and moderate Muslims who accept women’s rights and do not fight against human rights.

    • Thanks again, Jesse. Yes, I agree with you that as humans we respect each other, care and love for each other even nobody will tell us to do it. It’s an instinct.

      When it comes to knowing the truth as Christians we have only one book of authority as our basis and the only source and standard where our interpretation comes. The problem is that even the clearest words or statements are being distorted. When it’s already clear we should not put it absurd for when we lead people to fallacy we are accountable to God.

      Our relationship with other religions as of this time is a healthy one. We are open for ecumenism and that is accepting who we are, who they are while venturing in the enrichment of each faith and opening our arms in seeking for the universal truth, the God whom we all serve and worship. This is the beauty of being a human, not a close-minded but open for what could broaden, deepen our understanding of a God, the God of the universe.

  2. Great points to ponder on. I usually appreciate any thinking out of the box. Any inquisitive effort to understand mystery is considered as a great quest, by me. This is what I have noticed with the watchtower. They take much time to pay attention to details. As much as I do entertain them, I often disagree with most of their beliefs, for example, thinking we can predict when the world will end is unagreeable to me.

    Sometimes, I even wonder, perhaps God could change his mind regarding some of these things?

    • Thanks for your honest feeling brought out here. You are right when it comes to things beyond our control and beyond our comprehension, we should not force ourselves to deal with it. I believe that is God’s part. Even Jesus himself clearly pointed out that nobody knows when will that be because it is a surprise for everyone.

      I hope your faith will not waver until your last breath, my brother. Continue searching for the truth and I pray God will help you find life’s meaning in his words.

  3. Hi, nice article I would say. Thanks for the information. This is an interesting read. I can’t understand why anyone would make a claim that they knows exactly when the end of times will be when it clearly said in the Bible. By the way, I am a member of our local Evangelical Lutheran church but also doing some ecumenic work, in my opinion, it is crucially important to keep all of us together and spread the message of the Holy Savior. I am also part of Finland-Israel association and I feel it important to support each other, not divide. Our civilizations bases on Christian-Jewish heritage and values and I want to support to keep it strong. Blessings -Jesse

    • Hello, Jesse. I’m glad to know you are a Lutheran member. There was a time I worked with the Lutheran Church in Cagayan Valley-Region 2 of the Philippines and I enjoyed working with them in the ecumenical venture.

      We cannot do away with our own finalities as a Christian on the basis of the Holy Scriptures. We have to believe the same Lord, the same promises and assurance. This must be our unity in diversity.

      Thank you for leaving a comment on this article.

  4. If we keep in mind that the end of the world may be in sight, I would think that people alive today would do their best to keep that from happening.

    Global warming is the cause of us taking the planet and its natural resources for granted, thinking that there’s no end in sight.

    We should all do our in reducing our carbon footprint, from using recycled materials to recycling materials and using less chemicals that can cause damage to our food and water source.

    Great piece, it makes wonder.  With so many prophecies talking the end, which is accurate or is it all false?

    • Hello, Margarette. the prophecies from different religions the more it affirms the truth about the end of the world. The end of the world is accurate, it will come but saying when it will come is an inaccurate thing.

      I too have the inkling that if people will not stop from their abusive acts against the earth it will shorten the coming of the end of the world either by and through volcanic eruptions and intolerable global warming.

  5. I enjoyed reading this post very much, it really has started me thinking about things that I usually don’t pay much attention to, we only have one planet to live on and it really is a marvelous place but the problem is that far too many people just go through life taking it for granted, I think more people should come here to your website and take the time to read and think more deeply than they do at present, thank you for sharing this post and keep up the good work. 

    • Hello Russ, I am happy that you stumbled on my website and enjoyed reading this article. You are right in saying that there are people who don’t pay attention to what the Bible says. This is God’s revelation to us that will never fail. The truth that we believe is that Jesus Christ will come again.

      I pray that you may have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the Holy Scriptures. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  6. I’ve always known that the end of the world is certain but I never knew it had been foretold by the Watchtower since 1915, interesting! I may be wrong as it might just be me thinking it but despite the Watchtower’s wrong prophecies, I have a feeling like the end of the world that it can happen anytime in our century. 

    • It may come in this century or it may be later, nobody knows when will that be. The important thing is we are ready because there are two things that will surely come in this world. Death and the return of Jesus Christ.

      Thanks, Riaz for your comment.

  7. I have learned to not give any credibility to any preacher who says they know when the end of the world is. I can’t blame many people for trying to predict considering the bible talks about many events that will precede to second coming of Christ. It seems like a lot of todays events could fit the description of the events described in the bible.

    • Right Jessie. It is very clear the Bible says:

      Mat 24:35  Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 
      Mat 24:36  “No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows.
      Mat 24:37  The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah.
      Mat 24:38  In the days before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat;
      Mat 24:39  yet they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away. That is how it will be when the Son of Man comes.
      Mat 24:40  At that time two men will be working in a field: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind.
      Mat 24:41  Two women will be at a mill grinding meal: one will be taken away, the other will be left behind.
      Mat 24:42  Watch out, then, because you do not know what day your Lord will come.

      We Christians believe these words are from the Lord, Jesus Christ, himself. It is clear, we have to watch out because “No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come—neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows. 

  8. Great piece it gives one a lot to think about . Especially about the things we take for granted every day,

    without giving it a second thought .

    This earth is the only one we have and she is our mother and we are killing her.

    Keep up the good work Also nice use of pictures in your peace.

    I appreciate the Christian view but sometimes a person must be careful as some people on earth especially the ones that do not care would find it a bit offensive (Just a thought) To me its fine and good reading like I said food for thought.

    • I can sense you are an environmentalist in spirit. We are riding in one boat.

      This post would center only for us as Christians and would not affect a person of other communions. However, they are welcome to join us and appreciate what the Lord has instill in us. 

      To me as a Christian the Bible is open to every one and any one.  It is our freedom to acquire wisdom through and by the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit says something that is of God only, we cannot go far beyond our limited knowledge.

      When it comes to things already and clearly specified in the Bible, We Christians should not take the place of God when it comes to things unknowable.  We should just leave it for God, for he alone know about it. 

      The end of the world? Nobody knows. We can have conjectures only.

  9. It is definitely something to think off as we take so many things for granted thank you for that thought it really helps a lot

    keep up the good work.

  10. I have always been very fascinated about prophecies and people who give them power. It has been my experience that we all have the capacity to be creators in our own realities and it amazes me when a group of the collective consciousness jumps on the band wagon of certain events and happenings based on writings in certain scripture text.    That is not to say that there is no intrinsic value to reading and engaging in claims documented from The Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses as it can prove to be quite enlightening.  A very diverse and interesting post indeed!

    • Our basis in validating such a claim is the Bible when it comes to Christians. How come that we have different interpretations when we are reading one Book?

      Jesus’ stern warning to every one is very clear that no one knows when it will come. Who are we to say that this is the day, this is the hour? Unless we don not believe in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, and we don’t read the Bible, we say other things

      Am I logical, Bex?

  11. Hi Accad. Thanks for the information. This is an interesting read. I cannot understand why anyone would make a claim that they know when the end of times will be when it clearly says in the Bible: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32) They are just setting themselves up to be proven wrong. We will just have to wait with eager anticipation until the second coming of Christ is upon us. Cheers.

    • You are welcome Andrew. I’m glad you are well guided by the Bible and you believe in the promises of the Lord laid out in it. Be a part of spreading the good news Andrew.

  12. Good afternoon,

    Thank you for your reply,
    When I observe the world it is a sad sight as many countries are becoming less tolerant of people with different religions.
    How many wars have been fought in the name of God? too many I am afraid.
    It is time we wake up and become more open-minded.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Wars? That’s a very irresponsible assimilation of the Word of God. As I said, we use only one book and that is the Bible, but why do we differ in interpretations. We in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, one of the Mainline Protestant Churches, is really open for ecumenism because we want to show an example that we are a united and uniting church.

      Secondly, God is for life, and I firmly believe that He doesn’t want life to be compromised, and that is what our stand as a church. Jesus died to defend life and he did it in a manner that would leave an imprint in the minds of people that power comes from a love that really cares for life. I don’t understand why some have to destroy life because of beliefs.

      If we really are open to hearing from different points of view, we can learn and grow as what God intends us to be and unite the whole world.

  13. Good afternoon,

    My Mother, who lived in Holland, would receive the visit of Jehova witnesses like twice a year. She would invite them in and they would sit and talk for an hour having a cup of coffee. They agreed that they would never agree but they still enjoyed this human relation talking about things but respecting each others viewpoint.
    I live in the south of Spain and years ago there was an exposition in Malaga, an exposition which traveled to different countries in Europe.
    I went to Malaga to have a look and there I was confronted with a historical fact I had no idea about.
    500 thousand Jehova witnesses died in the German concentration camps as they refused to make the Hitler salute beside other things.
    All human beings have the right to believe what they wish as long as it does not harm other people.
    I personally hope the day will come that the human race will realize we are all equal with the same rights and obligations living our lives on this planet.

    Regards, Taetske

    • Thank you for dropping a comment on this post.

      I do agree with you we humans are equal in many aspects.  We all live and die and we take nothing with us. The highest form of ecumenism is to forget your religion and just think that you are a human. 

      There is only one thing when we use the Bible as our Book of Authority as Christians.  When it comes to things we are not certain and what the Bible says uncertainty about it, we should not take the place of God and declare things with absolutism. 

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