Jehova witness dating
Studies in the Scriptures - The Time is as Hand and Zion's Watch Tower 1889 discussed this as relating to the 1799 date. The prophecy of the 1355 days was similarly calculated to extend from 539 A. to 1874, another key date in Russell's understanding of the end times.
Although Russell did not get involved in the Adventist movement until the 1870's, he accepted this date as truth and felt that God had chosen him as his mouthpiece to preach the urgency of the times.
However, Rutherford continued to promote Russell's interpretation of the dates for the 1700's, 1800's and 1914 until the 1930's.
Many of the date prophecies were re-explained between 19; the remainder were adjusted in 1943.
This discusses that truth is progressive, yet makes little reference to the failed dates.
Relegated to a footnote on page 133 is the statement that; "A clearer understanding of Biblical chronology was published in 1943, in the book "The Truth Shall Make You Free" and it was then refined the following year in the book "The Kingdom Is at Hand," as well as in later publications.
This section covers some of the lesser known failed predictions and changed date doctrine of the Watchtower Society.
For the more important dates see the pages on 1914, 1925, 1975.
Nor does it clarify that it was not until 1943 that the beginning of Christ's presence was specifically changed from the year 1874 to 1914.
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.
Each time the Watchtower has predicted an occurrence, it has not eventuated as foretold, a 100% failure rate.
Does this inspire confidence in Watchtower interpretation?