The Generation Game

The Generation Game

How Young is This Generation?

The Watchtower continued to use the interpretation of an “average lifetime of man” for many years after 1951. Even though they dismissed such an interpretation as non-biblical! Yes, they continued to build upon this interpretation for many years later. In 1968, the age of the “generation” of 1914 was considered anyone who was at least 15 years old. In an Awake! article entitled, What Will The 1970’s Bring, they said the following:

THE fact that fifty·four years of the period called the “last days” have already gone by is highly significant. It means that only a few years, at most, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God. How can we be so certain of this?

One way is by noting what Jesus said when he gave his great prophecy about the “last days.” After he listed the many events that would mark this period, he also stated: “Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things occur.”-Matt. 24:34.

Jesus was obviously speaking about those who were old enough to witness with understanding what took place when the “last days” began. Jesus was saying that some of those persons who were alive at the appearance of the ‘sign of the last days’ would still be alive when God brought this system to its end.

Even if we presume that youngsters 15 years of age would be perceptive enough to realize the import of what happened in 1914, it would still make the youngest of “this generation” nearly 70 years old today. So the great majority of the generation to which Jesus was referring has already passed away in death. The remaining ones are approaching old age. And remember, Jesus said that the end of this wicked world would come before that generation passed away in death. This, of itself, tells us that the years left before the foretold end comes cannot be many.
Awake! Oct 8, 1968, What Will The 1970’s Bring? pp.13-14 (589 & 590)

In 1968, the Watchtower was certain “that only a few years, at most, remain”. Yes, because 15 year olds in 1914 were almost 70 years old in 1968, they were certain that the years left before the foretold end could not be many. How wrong they were! Jesus was obviously NOT speaking about those 15 year-olds in 1914. One should read that Awake! article in full to get a full sense of the nonsense that the Watchtower published in 1968 to scare its readers into thinking the end of the world was imminent.

Ten years later, in 1978, they reduced the age of those from the generation of 1914 from 15 to somewhere older than a baby but old enough to know that a World War was taking place. See The Watchtower Oct 1, 1978, Questions from Readers, pp. 31.

In 1980, they made the assumption that a 10 year old was old enough. See The Watchtower Oct 15, 1980, Questions from Readers, pp.31.

Eventually, as time went on, a 10 year old child was not young enough. Babies had to be included in the “generation” mix. See The Watchtower May 15, 1984, pp.5, 4th paragraph.

So how long is a “Generation”?

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, up until the early 1990’s, it was somewhere between 36.5 years and the average lifespan of a man, if the average lifespan of a man was 80+ years.

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16 thoughts on “The Generation Game

        1. You do realize that Jews don’t believe that the Messiah has come, never mind returning for a second time. How you can correlate Jehovah’s witnesses’ belief that Jesus returned invisibly in 1914 as being a mistaken date for Israel’s reestablishment as a nation in 1967 makes little to no sense.

          1. You are in your statement incorrect that Jews decline Jesus,Yeshua or Yahushua as Messiah.There are many followers of Yeshua as Messiah and Saviour and GodAlmighty which was manifested in human flesh.
            The gentile religions and churches belief that God replace Jews to Gentile in his Plan of the Ages.The State of Israel was always chosen.We all are sinners and we all need sometimes lessons,corrections and discipline.
            How can I correct Jehovah’s Witnesses of misunderstanding of year 1914?There are many indications.First of all if you carefully watched my video and used your Bible the year 1967 was for first time of Jewish control after 2000 years.
            I am convinced the year 1967 is end of gentile occupation of Jerusalem and beggining end,the time of trouble and biginning of prophecy by Jesus about Generation which I personally believe will not PASS AWAY.

            Secondly the religion or sect of Jehovah’s Witnesses is failing prophecy and their philosophy in 95 %!There is only 5% actually Jehovah’s Witnesses were correct.

            The thirdly Jesus is specific in his return that ALL EYES WILL SEE HIM,not mentioning about invisible presence.

            Please read your Bible,open your mind and pray to understand.

    1. Interestingly, I’ve come to a very similar conclusion, independent of your video (which I love). I am increasingly convinced that the existence of modern Israel is miraculous in nature and completely consistent with the bible’s prophecies. Like yourself, I found the conclusion that the time of the end started in 1967 to be inescapable. Interestingly, I long ago noted that the world destabilized right after the Six Day War, even though I believed “replacement theology” for most of my life. I always tucked that away for future reference and, perhaps six months ago, someone sent me a promo for Above and Beyond, telling how the Israeli Air Force of 1948 comprised four surplus Messerschmitts ME-109s.

      The irony of Hilter’s war surplus being used to defend Israel is delicious. It reminds me of Leviticus 26:7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you. 8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you. The Six Day war was certainly like that and the outcome of the Yom Kippur war was almost too good to be true; especially considering the way that war started.

      Several times in the last six months I have stumbled onto interesting information regarding modern Israel and its astounding successes. More heartening, is to see interviews with Shimon Peres and Benjamin Netanyahu where they refer to the Bible, respectfully and knowledgeably . I have concluded that the possibility of modern Israel being fulfillment of prophecy has merit. More so, I find it interesting the that oppressive governments have frequently targeted Jewish people.

      I left the Jehovah’s Witness faith when it became impossible to defend their ever changing eschatology. I was more than a little disoriented until I considered the possibility that “replacement theology” was not true. Once I took that step events seemed to make sense once again. I recall that God’s promise of the land of Canaan used the word “forever”. It’s pretty hard to reconcile that with replacement theology.

      Thank you for posting this Sheila. It is faith strengthening to see that I am not alone in my conclusions. My best to you and yours.

      1. Thank you. It was YHWH GOD and His Son Yahushua HaMashiach who led me in this conclusion.
        The prophesies are linked all to state of Israel or Jewish people and it is evident God Almighty YHWH has in the end plan to save rebellious chosen nation which will be saved in the end.

        We are the couple Kamil and Sheila Pyka.

        We Disassociated self from Jehovah’s Witnesses,me last year 2014 and my wife recently in August 2015.

        The watchtower writers or commission or Governing body constantly change biblical chronology and it’s definitely hard to defend such a evil actions.

        It is same as any other religion which proved to be scripturally unbiblical, self centred interpretation of Bible and obviously men made. You can check my youtube chanel video about my wife Disassociation letter I reason scripturally why organized religions especially Jehovah’s Witnesses is men made idea. Shalum.

        1. That is quite how I feel about it. I have prayed continually for guidance for decades now; ever since I began to have doubts about the Witnesses. In the years since I have learned very much and I edit my Creator for this.

          My current thinking is that our God will vindicate His name by saving Israel. The political situation does not look good for Israel and I wouldn’t be surprised to see an effort by the nations to eradicate them as a nation. If they are saved by our God it will make the issue of God’s sovereignty obvious to most of earth’s population. At that time, it may literally become true that ten men will take hold of the skirt of a Jew.

          In the meantime, JW.org seems to be floundering. They seem all but obsessed with completing Warwick and I suspect that this because they are running out of money and scrambling to finish Warwick while they have the opportunity. If literal Israel are the witnesses of the True God then their choice of a name could be quite unfortunate.

          1. That’s right you understand correctly end time prophesies.
            Many religions and sects will be very soon surprised what Agenda of United Nations 2030 means.Its sustainable development, protection of all human beings and destruction of all Religions or reuniting them into One World Religion.
            It is best not to be part of any religious order, political party and educational system of Satan.

          2. It all seems to fit. The only sense of hope I can muster is that the gentile times seem to have ended in 1967 which gives me hope that I’ll live to see the conclusion of all these things.

          3. I started to have doubts about the JW position in 1984. I still STRONGLY believe in a Creator and believe that He will rescue mankind, before it is too late, but the JW explanation fell short and as their paranoia increased and they began to mistreat the flock I concluded that there was a serious problem. For many years I floundered, but since I have given consideration to literal Israel as having a part in God’s purposes I have felt as if I now have satisfactory answers and a new direction.

          4. That’s good, keep praying to YHWH GOD Almighty and read Gods Word Bible and led holy spirit educate you and accept Yeshua Jesus as your Saviour. It is all needed for salvation. Never give up on our Creator and God.

          5. I am reminded of Psalm 118:8-9, which tells us to put our trust in God, not men. If you scratch the surface of JW teaching, they seem to link salvation to their organization in one way or another. That’s just not right.

  1. Just a generation, maybe two, maybe three? What a joke on all of us that used to believe and have hope in such hogwash! Now, in my case, it has turned to disdain and a willingness to see the leadership AKA the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses go to jail for fraud and deceit or even a worse form of punishment for ruining so many lives!

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