If you are a Christian, the phrase ‘Kingdom of God’ should be quite familiar to you, as Jesus spoke of this Kingdom often when he preached the Good News. However, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness, the Kingdom takes on very unique significance. The publication, Benefit From Theocratic Ministry School Education, says, “Note, however, that the message that Jesus said would be proclaimed in our day goes beyond what his followers preached in the first century.”
Contrast this with what the Apostle Paul said at Galatians 1:8 which says, “However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to YOU as good news something beyond what we declared to YOU as good news, let him be accursed.”
1914 is ONE of THE most important years in history after the death of Christ for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their motivation to preach and to make monumental personal sacrifices is based on the proof given by the Society that Jesus returned in 1914. With only a generation from the time of Christ’s arrival to destruction of this world, many honest hearted folk feel obliged to do whatever it takes to preach and save lives and in many cases to give their own lives.
For the hierarchy of Jehovah Witnesses, known as the Governing Body this date is also pivotal, because they say when Christ became King in 1914 he gave them authority over the congregation, to lead his people into the promised paradise.
Shortly before we got “full-color” Watchtowers in 1986 this one was published in 1984. It features a number of elderly Witnesses, almost all from Brooklyn Bethel on the cover. I was a teen when it came out and little did I know I would go there and meet a few of the folks on this cover someday. I also never thought that my favorite presentation I used to use along these lines was so far off from what is contained in the Scriptures. It shames me to this day when I think about it, but let’s save that for the end of this post.
Pinpointing this time period is extremely important to us as Christian Witnesses of Jehovah- I’m sure you will agree with that. The entire chronology we have been taught hangs upon the date of 607 B.C.E. By starting with this date, we calculate that the 2,520 years of the gentile times brings us to the year 1914 C.E. This then leads us to when Christ appointed a faithful slave over all his belongs in the year 1919. So without knowing when Jerusalem fell back in the pre-Christian era, none of these other dates could be calculated.