Dean Acheson and 1975

Autor: Włodzimierz Bednarski

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In order to confirm 1975, The Watchtower Society decided to quote five times a politician (!), former U.S. Secretary of State (in years 1949-1953), Dean Acheson (1893-1971):

Concerning political instability, former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson said in 1960: "I know enough of what is going on to assure you that, in 15 years from today [or, by 1975], this world is going to be too dangerous to live in." (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 15).

As we can see, The Watchtower Society inserted in the quotation the words “or, by 1975”, so that everybody could see that the politician meant the year 1975 (compare the other following statements).

Interestingly, Acheson’s words were quoted for the first time immediately after they were expressed, namely in 1960, before the 1975 campaign:

Dean Acheson, former United States secretary of state, declared our time to be “a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence and revolutionary change.” He stated: “I know enough of what is going on to assure you that, in 15 years from today, this world is going to be too dangerous to live in.” He also commented on public apathy in regard to such warnings, saying: “We can be told that all sorts of things are going to happen. We never believe it until it’s happened. Then it’s too late to deal with.” (The Watchtower October 1, 1960, p. 582).

Later Acheson was referred to several times:

Also as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is “a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence.” And he warned: “I know enough of what is going on to assure you that, in fifteen years from today, this world is going to be too dangerous to live in.” (The Watchtower September 15, 1968, p. 552).

The above words were used also by Awake! in 1968. However, in that publication The Watchtower Society added the following comment:

Fifteen years from 1960 brings us to 1975. He predicted that by 1975 this world would be too dangerous! Interestingly, this date is also the one indicated by the most reliable Bible research as marking the end of 6,000 years of rebellion of men and demons against God. (Awake! January 8, 1968, p. 19).

A book contains the same words:

Also, as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is “a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence.” And he warned: “I know enough of what is going on to assure you that, in fifteen years from today, this world is going to be too dangerous to live in.” (The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life 1968, p. 9).

Interestingly, a newer 1981 edition of the book partly changed (!) Acheson’s statement deleting mention about 15 years and a suggested year 1975. It is worthwhile to compare it with the original text quoted above:

Also, as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is “a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence.” Based on what he knew was then going on in the world, it was his conclusion that soon “this world is going to be too dangerous to live in.” (The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life 1981, p. 9).

It is quite interesting that The Watchtower Society also quoted Catholic priests as a proof of 1975. Here is a characteristic passage:

“Some priests forbade their parishioners to persecute Jehovah’s witnesses, to meow after them, etc. ‘If they come’ – said one of them – ‘listen and kindly excuse yourself, because it is yet unknown which religion is the true one’. In several places priests preached from pulpits that the end of the world will take place in the year 1975, and one even said: ‘Surely God send Jehovah’s witnesses as our comfort’. Obviously, it does not mean that all the priests changed their attitude”. (Polish Kingdom Ministry No. 8, 1970, p. 6).

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