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I have heard somewhere that at various times in the past, the Jehovah's Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society) have predicted when the end of the world would be and perhaps when Jesus would return to earth.

What are the specifics about these prophecies, and when exactly is the end of the world or Christ's return supposed to occur?

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I believe they have for 1914 & 1925, but I may be missing some years.

Adding some info from the below source per request;

1899 "...the 'battle of the great day of God Almighty' (Revelation 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced," (The Time Is at Hand, 1908 edition, p. 101).

1918 "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 11, to the condition of human perfection," (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, p. 89).

1922 "The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures than 1914," (Watchtower, Sept. 1, 1922, p. 262).

1923 "Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge," (Watchtower, Apr. 1, 1923, p. 106).

Below indicate the claim to be prophets;

"So does Jehovah have a prophet to help them, to warn them of dangers and to declare things to come? These questions can be answered in the affirmative. Who is this prophet?...This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian Witnesses...Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a 'prophet' of God. It is another thing to prove it," (Watchtower, Apr. 1, 1972, p. 197). (See Deut. 18:21.)

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Correct answer: mutiple times, many (if not all) have come and passed. –  Jason Feb 26 '13 at 5:03

Yes The History Channel mentioned 9 dates for the end of the world.... Needless to say, all of them failed which makes the Watchtower Society the biggest false prophet in the history of mankind. I have 44 pages of quotes of false prophesies by the Watchtower. As a former Witness I can confirm they are all ligit. Feel free to write me for that PDF at. Iamicarus@me.com

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If the PDF is within your copyright privilege, edit it into your answer. You should be able to select the text and just copy and paste it. That would be pretty darn cool. Being 44 pages, maybe just select about a page or two worth of the best ones. I'll be emailing you. –  fredsbend Dec 3 at 6:21
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List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events

Jehovah's Witnesses & Incorrect End Dates

Now that we have left December 21, 2012 behind us...the topic remains intriguing. Have Jehovah's Witnesses given incorrect dates for the end? The answer is given in the Watchtower issue of January 1, 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hcUaHJGZJo0

George D. Chryssides of Birmingham University, has written a helpful, scholarly journal arguing against the much of the rhetoric spewed by Ex-Witness and 'Christian' critics.

"I aim to show that, although there have been some unrealized expectations, changes in Watch Tower chronology are attributable more to changed chronological schemes, rather than to failed predictions. --- Contrary to popular belief, the Watch Tower Society has not repeatedly set dates for the world's end, found its expectations disappointed, rescheduled the eschatological timetable, and repeated this sequence each time expectations have been frustrated." (p. 29 of pdf)

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Hi! any chance you could link to the PDF you reference? even just a link to abstract would be fine. Thanks for your contributions, I'd like to see another paragraph or two of your words here (particularly some background on why the wikipedia link is relevant) and a bit on why the quote is relevant. But this is an improvement. –  wax eagle Feb 25 '13 at 17:52

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