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This change was in The Truth Shall Make You Free, released in the time of Knorr and the first book to be printed that did not list the author's name.This was after the death of Rutherford and well after 1919 when Jesus inspection supposedly found a spiritually cleansed Organization.308) This was touched on in Studies in the Scriptures - The Day Of Vengeance (1897) p.604; The time of darkness, the first sign of the end, was caused by fires in New England and was confined mostly to the North-Eastern part of the United States. In 1889, Russell changed the last days from 1798 to 1799, based on a new understanding that papal rule started in 539 A. Few Witnesses today are aware of the relevance of the year 1799, that this year is pivotal to the very existence of Jehovah's Witnesses. "The Day of His Preparation" is another name given to the same period." Studies in the Scriptures - Thy Kingdom Come p.23 In 1796, George Bell postulated that the Pope was the Antichrist and would fall in 1797.Quite typically a new religion will think their country is predicted in prophecy. 1799 was the beginning of "the time of the end." This concept started the era of enlightenment and Adventist movement of the 1800's, resulting in Russell's end time belief system. The war that started shortly afterwards, along with Napoleon debasing the Pope, was seen as evidence of the fulfilment of this.Jehovah's Witnesses promoted these falsehoods in the past, and continue to zealously advocate current doctrine as unfailing truths.It is claimed that Jesus found a cleansed Slave Class dispensing truthful food in 1919.
Though part of Watchtower lore for 60 years, most current Jehovah's Witnesses are unaware of their significance and that each one failed to eventuate as predicted.
Rutherford even dismissed the majority of his own 1900's predictions.
Chapter 10 of Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom is devoted to the subject "Growing in Accurate Knowledge of the Truth".
The end had not come in 1874, as the Adventists had predicted.
However, Barbour explained that Matthew meant Jesus' invisible presence commenced in 1874, the rapture would be 1878, and the end of the world was to occur in 1914.