Chapter 6 – The Sign

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“But the most important date for all human creation is 1914, for that marked the greatest turning point in all human history…”

-Watchtower, May 15, 1960 –

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D-6 The Sign copyWhen confronted with the facts already presented concerning the falsity of the 1914 parousia doctrine, many of Jehovah’s Witnesses may be inclined to reason along lines similar to this: ‘Perhaps there are some aspects of the Watchtower’s 1914 doctrine that are not yet in focus, but surely the sign of Christ’s presence has been in evidence since 1914?’

This chapter will more closely examine the evidence presented. The central feature of the sign is very simple, as Jesus said: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another. All these things are a beginning of pangs of distress.”.

There is no question that the First World War was the most destructive war in history—at least up until then. But, did the war of 1914 fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in a way that no other war can—or will? Is it possible that there could perhaps be another war in the future, one even more destructive than the 20th century’s two world wars, which, if accompanied by the other specified calamities, might serve as the actual sign of Christ’s return? 

The Watchtower says no. The reasoning behind that is based on the assumption that because numerous nations now possess nuclear weapons and various other fiendish weapons of mass destruction, any future wars would be so destructive that the human race simply could not survive. And since the Bible assures us that the earth will not be destroyed and that people will live forever on the earth, for that reason another world war is deemed to be out of the question. 

For example, in the book Reasoning from the Scriptures, under the topic “Last Days,” the Watchtower offers this explanation to skeptical householders who mig