Appendix 1. Changed teachings in the new editions of publications

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Szymon Matusiak

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Appendix 1. Changed teachings in the new editions of publications

 

We give just one example of doctrinal changes in each of mentioned publications.

 

The Time Is at Hand

 

Time of coming Armageddon (1914 and 1915):

 

(...) “battle of the great day of God Almighty” (Rev. 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 p. 101).

 

(...) “battle of the great day of God Almighty” (Rev. 16:14), which will end in A. D. 1915 with the complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced. (The Time Is at Hand 1927 p. 101).

 

Thy Kingdom Come

 

Measurements of the Great Pyramid and dates (different dates and measurements):

 

Then measuring down the “Entrance Passage” from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the “Pit,” representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3416 inches, symbolizing 3416 years from the above date, B. c. 1542. This calculation shows A. D. 1874 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble ; for 1542 years B. c. plus 1874 years A. D. equals 3416 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1874 was the chronological beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation—no, nor ever shall be afterward. (Thy Kingdom Come 1898, 1903 p. 342).

 

Then measuring down the “Entrance Passage” from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the “Pit,” representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3457 inches, symbolizing 3457 years from the above date, B.C. 1542. This calculation shows A.D. 1915 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1542 years B.C. plus 1915 years A.D. equals 3457 years. Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1914 will be the beginning of the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation—no, nor ever shall be afterward. (Thy Kingdom Come 1912, 1923 p. 342).

 

The Day of Vengeance

 

The end of the „Day of Vengeance” (1914, ca. 1915):

 

(...) the organization of the Kingdom and the taking by our Lord of his great power as the King in April 1878, and the time of trouble or “day of wrath” which began October 1874 and will end October 1914 (The Day of Vengeance 1897 p. 604).

 

(...) the organization of the Kingdom and the taking by our Lord of his great power as the King in April 1878, and the time of trouble or “day of wrath” which began October 1874, and will cease about 1915 (The Battle of Armageddon 1915, 1923 p. 604).

 

Scenario of the Photo-Drama of Creation

 

The end of the “Gentile Times” (1915, 1914):

 

Thus “seven times” would mean seven times three hundred and sixty, that is, 2520 years. That period is apparently due to expire in 1915. In other words, very soon the Gentile lease of Earthly Dominion expires. (Scenario of the Photo-Drama of Creation 1914 p. 50).

 

Thus “seven times” would mean seven times three hundred and sixty, that is, 2520 years. That period is apparently due to expire in 1914. In other words, very soon the Gentile lease of Earthly Dominion expires. (Polish edition of Scenario of the Photo-Drama of Creation [the book was published in parts in Polish edition of the magazine Golden Age (Złoty Wiek) June 1, 1927 p. 399]).

Also in Ukrainian edition, published in 1927, on page 50 the year 1914 appears, not 1915.

 

The Finished Mystery

 

The “fire” will come (1920, without a date):

 

We anticipate that the “earthquake” will occur early in 1918, and that the “fire” will come in the fall of 1920 (The Finished Mystery 1917 p. 179).

 

We anticipate that the “earthquake” will occur early in 1918, and that the “fire” will follow in due course (The Finished Mystery 1926 p. 179).

 

Millions Now Living Will Never Die!

 

The year 1921 expected, but deleted from Polish edition:

 

It may be that these worldly systems will go down lo the fall of 1921. (Millions Now Living Will Never Die! 1920 p. 111).

 

The above statement does not appear in Polish edition (published in Warsaw), which was printed just a bit later (See Polish edition of Millions Now Living Will Never Die! 1920 p. 76).

We mention that there was a different Polish edition, published in 1920 in the USA for Polish people living in America. Its contents are identical with English edition.

 

The Harp of God

 

The Pyramid of Cheops (taught and rejected):

 

(...) (1 Peter 2:5-7) In earthly buildings there is no chief cornerstone; but in this building of God there is a chief cornerstone which is Christ Jesus. The topstone or chief cornerstone of a pyramid is itself a perfect pyramid. The other members of the body, then, must be built up into Christ to conform to that chief cornerstone, which is, illustrated by the Great Pyramid in Egypt.See Isaiah 19:19. (The Harp of God 1921, 1927 p. 188).

 

(...) (1 Peter 2:5-7) Christ Jesus, who is God’s anointed King, is the chief corner Stone mentioned in this prophecy. The anointed ones who prove faithful unto death will, as living stones, be made a part of this building. The latter are the members of the body of Christ and must be made into his likeness and image. (The Harp of God 1928 p. 192).

 

Deliverance

 

Jesus crucified and impaled:

 

When Christ Jesus died upon the cross he was the great antitypical passover lamb... (Deliverance 1926 [1,250,000 Edition] p. 81).

 

An illustration of Jesus on the stake appears on page 169 in the book Deliverance, the printing of 3.023.000 copies (without the date of printing). The said edition was possibly published after the year 1936, when the Watchtower Society rejected the teaching on the cross.

 

“Equipped for Every Good Work”

 

The creation of the world and of Adam (46026 and 46025 B.C.E.; 4026 and 4025 B.C.E.):

 

Start of the week of Creation 46026 [Date B.C.] (…)

End of the sixth day (land animals; man created) 4026 [Date B.C.] (“Equipped for Every Good Work” 1946 p. 143).

 

Start of the week of Creation 46025 [Date B.C.] (…)

End of the sixth day (land animals; man created) 4025 [Date B.C.] (Polish version of “Equipped for Every Good Work” 1954 p. 143).

 

“Your Will Be Done on Earth”

 

In Polish edition (published in Poland in 1961) of the book “Your Will Be Done on Earth” (English edition – 1958) many statements about the Soviet Union were changed or even deleted!

Four paragraphs of the chapter 11 are deleted in Polish edition (Polish chapter contains 72 paragraphs; English has 76 paragraphs). Paragraphs 27, 51, 55, 66 were deleted from Polish edition; the paragraph 50 is very shortened, the other paragraphs contain many changed statements (paragraphs: 18, 24-26, 29, 34, 35, 38-40, 44-47, 49, 50, 52, 62-65, 73)!

We mention that Polish edition published in 1964 in the USA for Polish people living in America, has identical contents with English edition.

 

Watch Tower Publications Index 1930-1960

 

Although in the already mentioned book (“Equipped for Every Good Work” 1946) the year 4026 was changed to 4025, in another publication and its newest edition the change was reversed (the year 4025 changed to 4026 B.C.E.):

 

4025, Adam created (Watch Tower Publications Index 1930-1960 1961 p. 76).

 

4026, Adam’s creation (Watch Tower Publications Index 1930-1985 1986 p. 225).

 

“Let God Be True”

 

Companionship with the Old Testament “princes” replaced by the new world society:

 

Then, from the east and west and all directions shall come the worshipful survivors of Armageddon, to enjoy delightful companionship with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the other prince-children. (Matthew 8:11; Luke 13: 29) (“Let God Be True” 1946 p. 261).

 

Then in all quarters of the globe the worshipful survivors of Armageddon will carry forward the new world society on the cleansed earth. (“Let God Be True” 1952 p. 266).

 

The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life

 

The passage referring to 1975 and its changed version:

 

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).

 

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).

 

True Peace and Security – From What Source?

 

The passage referring to the year 1985, deleted in the newer book:

 

As one prominent biologist expressed it: “Some feel that the battle to feed the world population is now lost, and that it is a foregone conclusion that by 1985 we will have world-wide famines in which hundreds of millions of people will starve to death. I must admit that at this time I see no major crash program which would lead me to disagree with this conclusion.” (True Peace and Security – From What Source? 1973, p. 14).

 

Interestingly, the newer version of the book, True Peace and Security – How Can You Find It? (1986) does not include the statement (see pp. 14-15).

 

God’s “Eternal Purpose” Now Triumphing for Man’s Good

 

The passage about the end of creative work in the year 4026 B.C.E., changed in Polish edition of 1978, when the expected 1975 passed with 6 000 years since the beginning of the “God’s rest”:

 

“EVENING” OF SEVENTH CREATIVE “DAY” BEGINS, 4026 B.C.E. (God’s “Eternal Purpose” Now Triumphing for Man’s Good 1974 p. 51).

 

“EVENING” OF SEVENTH CREATIVE “DAY” BEGINS, (about 4026 B.C.E.) [ROZPOCZYNA SIĘ „WIECZÓR” SIÓDMEGO „DNIA” STWARZANIA (około 4026 p.n.e.)] (Polish edition of God’s “Eternal Purpose” Now Triumphing for Man’s Good [„Wieczyste zamierzenie” Boże odnosi teraz triumf dla dobra człowieka] 1978 p. 48).

 

You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth

 

The passage referring to the resurrection of Sodom’s inhabitants or their destruction:

 

By saying this, Jesus showed that at least some of the unrighteous people of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah will be present on earth during Judgment Day. Although they had been very immoral, we can expect that some of them will be resurrected. (...) Jehovah in his mercy will bring them back so that they will have an opportunity to learn about his purposes. (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth 1982, 1985 p. 179).

 

Will such terribly wicked persons be resurrected during Judgment Day? The Scriptures indicate that apparently they will not. (...) Yes, for their excessive immorality the people of Sodom and of the surrounding cities suffered a destruction from which they will apparently never be resurrected.—2 Peter 2:4-6, 9, 10a. Jesus too indicated that the Sodomites may not be resurrected. (You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth 1989 p. 179).

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Twentieth Century

 

The passage referring to “this generation” and the rejected words about it in the newer brochure:

 

(...) and Christ would rule in the midst of his enemies for a period not exceeding one generation. The complete end of wickedness would come by means of a “great tribulation,” culminating in the war at Har–Magedon and followed by Christ’s Thousand Year Reign of peace. (Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Twentieth Century 1989 p. 15).

 

(…) and Christ would rule in the midst of his enemies. The complete end of wickedness would come by means of a “great tribulation,” culminating in the war at Har–Magedon and followed by Christ’s Thousand Year Reign of peace.—Matthew 24:21, 33, 34; Revelation 16:14-16. (Jehovah’s Witnesses—Who Are They? What Do They Believe? 2000 p. 15).

 

Reasoning From the Scriptures

 

The passage referring to “this generation”, rejected in Polish edition of the year 2001:

 

Before the last members of the generation that was alive in 1914 will have passed off the scene, all the things foretold will occur, including the “great tribulation” in which the present wicked world will end.—Matt. 24:21, 22, 34. (Reasoning From the Scriptures 1989 p. 97).

 

All the things foretold by Jesus will be fulfilled, including the    “great tribulation” in which the present wicked world will end (Matt. 24:21, 22, 34) (Polish edition of Reasoning From the Scriptures 2001 p. 73, translation ours).

 

Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand!

 

The passage referring to the pope John Paul II (He did not tell anything about Jesus or God’s Kingdom or he gave only a very little attention to that):

 

Another papal visitor, Pope John Paul II, addressing the UN in October 1979, said: “I hope the United Nations will ever remain the supreme forum of peace and justice.” Significantly, the pope made no mention of Jesus Christ or of God’s Kingdom in his speech. (Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! 1988 p. 243).

 

Another papal visitor, Pope John Paul II, addressing the UN in October 1979, said: “I hope the United Nations will ever remain the supreme forum of peace and justice.” Significantly, the pope gave very little attention to Jesus Christ or to God’s Kingdom in his speech. (Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! 2006 p. 243).

 

See:

Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! 1988 p. 162 (from October 1914 into 1918, when all professing Christians were put to a severe test).

Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! 2006 p. 162 (from December 1914 to June 1918, when all professing Christians were put to a severe test).

 

The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

 

The passage referring to the resurrection of Sodom’s inhabitants or no mention about their fate:

 

The material in the book had appeared originally in serial form in 149 consecutive issues of The Watchtower, beginning with the April 1, 1985, issue. Many readers said they were saddened when the serial came to an end with the June 1, 1991, issue. (...) The material serialized in The Watchtower was edited and incorporated into the new beautifully illustrated, 448-page book of 133 chapters. (The Watchtower February 15, 1992 p. 19).

 

What does Jesus mean by this? Evidently he is showing that, during Judgment Day when proud ones in Capernaum are resurrected, it will be more difficult for them to admit their mistakes and accept Christ than it will be for the resurrected ancient Sodomites to repent humbly and learn righteousness. Jesus next publicly praises his heavenly Father. (The Watchtower January 15, 1987 p. 25).

 

Condemning Capernaum, which apparently has been his home base during the period of his ministry, Jesus declares: “It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom on Judgment Day than for you.” Jesus next publicly praises his heavenly Father. (The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived 1991 chap. 39).

 

What Does the Bible Really Teach?

 

The passage referring to “calculation” or “discernment” concerning the beginning of God’s Kingdom rule in the year 1914:

 

For how long? During the 19th century, sincere Bible students calculated that the waiting period would end in 1914. (Regarding this date, see the Appendix, pages 215-18.) World events that began in 1914 confirm that the calculation of these sincere Bible students was correct. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy shows that in 1914, Christ became King and God’s heavenly Kingdom began to rule. (What Does the Bible Really Teach? 2005 pp. 84-85).

 

For how long? During the 19th and 20th centuries, sincere Bible students progressively discerned that the waiting period would end in 1914. (Regarding this date, see the Appendix, pages 215-18.) World events that began in 1914 confirm that the understanding of these sincere Bible students was correct. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy shows that in 1914, Christ became King and God’s heavenly Kingdom began to rule. (What Does the Bible Really Teach? 2013 pp. 84-85).

See What Does the Bible Really Teach? 2005 or 2013 pp. 89-90.

 

Awake!

 

The passage referring to the generation of 1914, included in the imprint, but deleted in November 1995:

 

Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away. (Awake! October 22, 1995 p. 4 [since 1982]).

 

Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things. (Awake! November 8, 1995 p. 4 [until the end of 2012]).

 

Also other publications contain mentions about the two different imprints:

 

AS INDICATED on page 4, “this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.” No doubt many of our readers find that statement surprising. (Awake! November 8, 1994 p. 10).

See Our Kingdom Ministry No. 10, 1993 p. 8.

 

On page 4 of each magazine, the section “Why Awake! Is Published” explains: “Most important, this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.” (Awake! August 8, 1999 p. 32).

See Our Kingdom Ministry No. 10, 1996 p. 1; Awake! March 22, 2002 p. 32.

 

The Watchtower

 

The passage referring to the end of the work in the 20th Century and the change of that text:

 

The apostle Paul was spearheading the Christian missionary activity. He was also laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our 20th century. (The Watchtower January 1, 1989 p. 12 [paper edition]).

 

The apostle Paul was spearheading the Christian missionary activity. He was also laying a foundation for a work that would be completed in our day. (The Watchtower January 1, 1989 p. 12 [electronic edition of the magazine, included on CD-ROM Watchtower Library 2014]).

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