“Few Years” and 1975

Autor: Włodzimierz Bednarski

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Not only The Watchtower Society ‘counted’ the concrete year 1975, but in the late sixties and early seventies of the twentieth century it often used a term “few years” or even more positive “few short years”, which should end in the said year.

It is impossible to mention all such statements, but we present examples of different types. But we should add that it is not a new terminology of The Watchtower Society, because it was already in use in the twenties, thirties, forties and fifties of the twentieth century:

The proof cited herein shows that the old world (the Devil's organization) ended and began to pass away in 1914, and that this will be completed in a few years and righteousness fully established. (The Harp of God 1928, p. 339, par. 565);

Those Jonadabs who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do batter if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon is gone, and to then enter the marital relationship and enjoy the blessings of participating in filling the earth with righteous and perfect children. (Face the Facts 1938, p. 50);

Receiving the gift [book Children], the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord’s provided instrument for most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon. (The Watchtower September 15, 1941, p. 288);

This time can be called “Jehovah’s day” because it is the day when he fights for his name. Already forty years of this generation that is doomed to feel the wrath of Jehovah’s day have passed. Only a few years remain. In the most urgent sense, then, “the day of Jehovah is near upon all the nations.” (The Watchtower October 15, 1954, p. 615).

Few years, few short years

Jehovah’s “coming” for execution of judgment upon his foes is very quick in the sense that it is only a few short years ahead, and it will seem exceedingly short to those who are caught wandering off the way of righteousness as in the dark, as if they were asleep. (The Watchtower November 15, 1967, pp. 680-681);

It is to come within the generation that has already seen two world wars and it is only a few short years ahead of us. (The Watchtower April 15, 1967, p. 244);

Within a few years at most the final parts of Bible prophecy relative to these “last days” will undergo fulfillment, resulting in the liberation of surviving mankind into Christ’s glorious 1,000-year reign. (The Watchtower May 1, 1968, p. 272);

What does the Bible show as to the meaning of all these world events? It shows that for this unrighteous world time is running out fast! It shows that within a few years at most there will take place a climax in human affairs so gigantic that it will affect every person on earth, every man, woman and child. It will, without fail, affect you. (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 4);

It means that only a few years, at most, remain before the corrupt system of things dominating the earth is destroyed by God. (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 13);

Yet the time that he has set for the accomplishment of his righteous purpose toward the earth is scheduled to run out within the coming few years of this generation. (The Watchtower January 15, 1969, p. 45);

Whether they recognize it or not the Gentile nations rule today only by God’s toleration. Jehovah permits their continuance for a few years more so that sheeplike persons from all nations may come out of this system of things before its Armageddon end. (The Watchtower May 15, 1969, p. 302);

World events in fulfillment of Bible prophecy give sure indication that only a few years remain for this wicked arrangement of things. (The Watchtower July 15, 1969, p. 426);

Undeterred. a publisher made a practice of reading appropriate. articles from the . Watchtower magazine to encourage this man. After hearing an article read on the significance of the year 1975, the man exclaimed: "This means that if I dedicate my 4ife to Jehovah now there would be only a few years for me to be blind, since the blessings of Christ's kingdom will soon be realized. I will stop relying upon false promises of human doctors and put my trust in Isaiah 35:5, ‘At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened!’" Since then he has made rapid progress, is now baptized, averages forty hours of public preaching each month, and is conducting six Bible studies with interested ones. (1969 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses p. 140);

They also spend evenings and weekends in engaging in the Christian ministry. What a fine way for young people to serve their Creator in the few remaining years of this present violent system of things! (The Watchtower March 1, 1970, p. 146);

Remember that not only the Bible but also world leaders have attested to the urgency of the times in which we live. The few remaining years of this generation do not give much time during which we can show Jehovah we truly want to be pleasing to him so that we will be privileged to enjoy life at his hand in the new system of things. (The Watchtower May 1, 1970, pp. 276-277);

If you want to endure the end of the ‘last days’ of this system of things, you should not waste your time. Few years left for the present generation are not much time to prove Jehovah that you really want to please Him (Polish Kingdom Ministry No. 8, 1971, p. 1);

We are encouraged, then, to follow this good example of love for Jehovah and true worship rather than be too tied down to homes and jobs and material possessions, enjoying too much what this old system offers for a few more years. This matter is really urgent! Time is running out for those who allow themselves to be trapped by pursuit of material pleasures. (The Watchtower May 15, 1972, p. 307);

It is not our purpose to discuss chronology here, yet feel free to ask any of Jehovah’s witnesses to show you from the Scriptures the evidence that we are just a few short years away from the completion of six thousand years of man’s existence on earth, and ask them what they think this means in terms of real freedom and liberation from God’s viewpoint. They will be happy to share this information with you. (The Watchtower August 1, 1972, pp. 462-463 );

What about such ones in just a few short years from now? Will they be there? Then there will be no old system of things at all, but God’s kingdom will be in full control over the earth and its affairs. (The Watchtower August 1, 1972, p. 468).

See also Awake! January 22, 1970, p. 8; Awake! January 8, 1971, p. 5 Kingdom Ministry No. 3, 1968, p. 3; The Watchtower March 1, 1967, p. 159.

Nine, eight, seven, six years

It shows that 6,000 years of human experience will end in 1975, about nine years from now. What does that mean? Does it mean that God’s rest day began 4026 B.C.E.? It could have. The Life Everlasting book does not say it did not. The book merely presents the chronology. You can accept it or reject it. (The Watchtower October 15, 1966, p. 631);

Thus, eight years remain to account for a full 6,000 years of the seventh day. Eight years from the autumn of 1967 would bring us to the autumn of 1975, fully 6,000 years into God’s seventh day, his rest day. (The Watchtower May 1, 1968, p. 271);

Well, for one thing, if 4,026 is added to 1,968 (allowing for the lack of a zero year between C.E. and B.C.E.) one gets a total of 5,993 years, come this autumn, since Adam’s creation. That means, in the fall of the year 1975, a little over seven years from now (and not in 1997 as would be the case if Ussher’s figures were correct), it will be 6,000 years since the creation of Adam, the father of all mankind! (The Watchtower August 15, 1968, p. 499);

However, Bible chronology which indicates that Adam was created in the fall of the year 4026 B.C.E. would bring us down to the year 1975 C.E. as the date marking 6,000 years of human history with yet 1,000 years to come for Christ’s Kingdom rule. So whatever the date for the end of this system, it is clear that the time left is reduced, with only approximately six years left until the end of 6,000 years of human history. (The Watchtower May 1, 1970, p. 273;

And today, with less than seven years remaining to the end of six thousand years of human history, and with all the prophetic evidence that Christendom is about to be shaken from her proud foundations, are we not fired with zeal to get round our territory seven times and more? Time is short, and the message must be sounded! (The Watchtower October 1, 1969, p. 597.

A brief period of years

But when a brief period of years at the most separates us from the great windup of this old system, the vital thing is to stay spiritually awake. (Awake! October 8, 1966, p. 20);

The years remaining before the end of this system of things are very few; the privileges now open will never be repeated; this is the time to take advantage of them. (The Watchtower November 15, 1966, p. 703);

It is much later for this world than you may think! Indeed, it has only a few more years of existence left! (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 4);

This, of it self, tells us that the years left before the foretold end comes cannot be many. (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 14).

Few years, few remaining years

Just as right association helped to keep the Jewish nation and early Christians close to Jehovah, so it will serve the same purpose for God’s people today in these few and all-important years before Armageddon. (The Watchtower January 15, 1966, p. 42);

In the few remaining years of the old system of things... (The Watchtower March 1, 1970, p. 153).

Remaining years, final years

In such a theocratic atmosphere as exists at Bethel homes there is marvelous opportunity for spiritual growth. Grand privileges of service open up for willing servants. What a fine privilege to be serving in such a place during the remaining years of this old system of things! (The Watchtower February 1, 1967, p. 84);

Some have decided to remain single through the final troubled years of this old system until after Armageddon. Others have made the decision to remain single for a period of years so that they may enjoy the pioneer work, Bethel service or the missionary field. (The Watchtower March 15, 1969, pp. 177-178);

There is another way that helps confirm the fact that we are living in the final few years of this "time of the end." (Dan. 12:9) (Awake! October 8, 1968, p. 14).

Last days, closing days, last part of that last day

and that we are now living in the last days of the present wicked system of things... (The Watchtower February 1, 1971, p. 78);

What the future holds for us? It depends on this how we use the last days of “the year of goodwill on the part of Jehovah”. Knowing the after that year inevitably comes “the day of vengeance on the part of our God”, do not cease to support the preaching work, so far as Jehovah God wills (Polish Kingdom Ministry No. 7, 1975, p. 12);

On God’s “timetable” we are in the closing days of a wicked system of things that will soon be gone forever. A glorious new order is immediately before us. (The Watchtower May 1, 1967, p. 262);

When the many factors are put together, we find that our generation, our day is the one that is identified in the Bible as the “last days.” In fact, in this year 1967 we are actually living in the final part of that time! This can be compared to, not just the last day of a week, but, rather, the last part of that last day. (The Watchtower April 1, 1967, p. 197).

Shortly ahead, very little time

This would mean that the remnant of these (...) would be sealed (...) the end of six thousand year of humankind’s existence. We are near that point of time now! Bible time-scheduling indicates it. A world storm must therefore be shortly ahead. (Life Everlasting - In Freedom of the Sons of God 1966, p. 357);

This world has very little time left! Any “future” this world offers is no future! (The Watchtower March 15, 1969, p. 171).

Other terms

The years remaining now before God arises against his enemies at Armageddon are critical years, making very advisable a right decision on the part of everyone. Rebukes will be administered at Armageddon, and for one to be rebuked there will mean one’s destruction. (The Watchtower November 1, 1967, p. 661);

He loves the human family and wants us to have life, not just for a few short years with a good part of these years filled with troubles and suffering, but life forever under a condition where there will be no lack of constant happiness. (The Watchtower September 15, 1967, p. 566);

His desire is for us to live, not just a few short years, but forever. (The Watchtower September 1, 1971, p. 515);

They have not dedicated their lives to serve Jehovah only until 1975. (...) Those who will flee Babylon the Great and this Satanic system of things are now running for their lives, headed for God’s kingdom, and they will not stop at 1975. O no! They will keep on in this glorious way that leads to everlasting life, praising and serving Jehovah for ever and ever! (The Watchtower August 15, 1968, p. 501).

Referring to words “few years” or “final years” we should note that The Watchtower Society fell into its own trap. By proclaiming such words from 1967-1972 it could not prolong their validity to “a dozen or so” or “several dozen”. They referred plainly to the year 1975.

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