ARTICLE : HOLY SPIRIT'S ROLE IN THE OUTWORKING OF JEHOVAH'S PURPOSE (par 13, 14)
"How then are we to understand Jesus' words about "this generation"? He evidently meant that the lives of the anointed who were on hand when the sign began to become evident in 1914 would overlap the lives of other anointed ones who would see the start of the great tribulation."
CHARLES RUSSELL once wrote : "If we are following man, undoubtedly it would be different with us; undoubtedly one human idea would contradict another and that which was light one, two or six years ago, would be regarded as darkness now. But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning and so it is with truth; any knowledge or light coming from God must be like its author - A new view of truth can never contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light" but adds to it." (Zion's Watchtower Feb, 1881, pg 3, 188)
In view of the above quote, please compare this 'new light' with former 'light' (now darkness), that has issued forth from Jehovah's organization.
GENERATION No.1 (1897) = CONTEMPORARIES WHO SEE THE WORLD'S END. (Studies in the scriptures vol 4, pg 602/3)
GENERATION No.2 (1927) = THE ANOINTED (WT 15/2/27 Pg 62)
GENERATION No.3 (1951) = THOSE BORN BEFORE OR DURING 1914 (WT July 1, 1951 pg 404)
(1952) = (WT 9/1/52 pg 543)
(1958) = (From paradise lost, pg 205)
(1962) = (Awake 9/22/62 pg 27)
(1968) = (Awake 10/8/68 pg 13)
(1971) = (Awake 10/8 71 pg 26)
(1978) = (WT 10/1/78 pg 31)
(1980) = (WT 10/15/80 pg31)
(1984) = (WT 5/15/84 pg 5)
(1988) = (Awake 4/8/88 pg 14)
(1991) = (WT 4/15/91 pg 7)
GENERATION No.4 (1995) = THE WICKED PEOPLE (WT 1/11/95 pg 19)
GENERATION No.5 (2008) = THE ANOINTED (again!) (WT 15/2/08 pg 24)
GENERATION No.6 (2010) = THE ANOINTED OF 1914 WHOSE LIVES 'OVERLAP' THOSE WHO WILL SEE THE END. (WT 15/4/10)
The 'Generation' explanations, numbers 1 to 5, are now defunct! At the time of being taught, they were absolute truth! JWs at this time put all their faith in these teachings. But now, you have been told not to believe them any more. They are no longer 'truth' which means they must have been 'false' at their time of being taught. TRUTH DOES NOT CHANGE ! If Jehovah continually reveals the 'truth' to his 'chosen' organization, then why are there ongoing changes in doctrine? Could it be that Russell was correct when he said that...."If we are following man then one human idea would contradict another, and that which was "light" years ago, would be regarded as darkness now."
JAMES 1 : 17 "....with him there is not the variation of the turning of a shadow."
HEBREWS 13 : 8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever."
HEBREWS 6:18 "GOD CANNOT LIE"
The following quote is taken from the Awake 22nd April 1970 issue, pg 8 : -
"One of the reasons is that people are disturbed by what is happening in their churches. Yes, millions of persons have been shocked to learn that things they were taught as being vital for salvation are now considered by their church to be wrong. Have you too felt discouragement or even despair, because of what is happening in your church?
"Tell me, he asked, "How can I have confidence in anything? How can I believe in the Bible, God or have faith? Just ten years ago we Catholics had the absolute truth, we put all our faith in this. Now the Pope and the priests are telling us this is not the way to believe any more, but we are to believe new things. How do I know the 'new things' will be truth in 5 years?"
CAN YOU BE CONFIDENT THAT 'NEW LIGHT' IS BEING BROUGHT TO YOU UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THAT JEHOVAH IS DIRECTING WHAT APPEARS IN THE WATCHTOWER?
ARE YOU BEING REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH FALSE TEACHINGS?
CAN YOU BE SURE THAT THE ORGANIZATION HAS FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT?