Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Was The Recent Generation Change Really A Case Of New Light"

Was the recent generation change really a case of New Light or did the organization simply revert back to and old meaning? Read the following and see for yourselves.

The following information is from the book "Life" by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, 1929, Page 330.
Jesus indicated that the true followers of Christ who would compose the remnant on earth at the end of the world would observe these things, and that, if continuing faithful to the end, they would see the kingdom of God established in complete glory: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." (Matt. 24: 34) And then for the further encouragement of the faithful remnant he said: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." — Luke 21:28."

Rutherford altered this teaching in 1927 (Remember! "New Creation" = "Anointed"):
W 15. Feb. 1927, p. 62:
Question: In Matthew 24:34 Jesus said: "Verily Isay unto you, This generation shall not pass, till allthese things be fulfilled." What did he mean by "this generation"?
Answer: It could hardly be said that he meant any human being living on the earth at that time. He was giving testimony concerning things that were to transspire at the end of the world. That was a long way off. No generation of the human race has ever existed as long as a thousand years. It follows then that Jesus must have meant something else. What could he have meant? At the Jordan Jehovah started a new generation,a new creation, of which Christ Jesus is the Head .Jesus selected twelve disciples, who were with him for three and one-half years. Eleven of these we haveevery reason to believe constitute a part of that new creation. In 1 Peter 2:9 the apostle, speaking to the church of course, referred to those who are faithful. The irresistible conclusion therefore is that Jesus referred to the new creation when he said: "This generation shall not pass until all these things be fulfilled." This then would be a strong indication that some members of the new creation will be on the earth at the time of Armageddon.

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