Predictions of TEOTWAWKI
(The End Of The World As We Know
The WTS is probably associated with predictions of TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world
as we know it) more than any other Christian denomination.
1 From the 1870s, when it was founded, to the present time, the Watchtower Society (WTS)
has made many estimates of when the world as we know it will end.
Prior to 1994, they predicted that "The End" would occur in specific
future years. Since that time, WTS prophecies have been more vague. However,
they still maintain a state of high anxiety in their membership by stressing
the imminence of the end. This has persuaded many members during more than a
century to not pursue higher education, and suffer the economic consequences
of that decision.
Another important WTS teaching is that associated with "The End," there
will be the largest genocide in the history of the world. WTS members in
good standing will survive. However, other WTS members, other Christians,
followers of other religions and followers of no religion will be
exterminated, This belief helps immensely to maintain the loyalty of their
beleivers who are keen to avoid being disfellowshipped and thus vulnerable
Topics covered in this section:
The WTS' major past predictions of TEOTWAWKI:
There are many definitions circulating for the word "Christian."
Some definitions imply that only a few percent of North Americans are Christian;
others imply that about 75% are Christian.
We use a very inclusive definition on this website to include all individuals
and groups who sincerely, devoutly, thoughtfully consider themselves to be
Christian -- denominations from the Southern Baptists to the
Roman Catholic Church, including The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormon Church),
Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, etc.
We receive many letters complaining that denomination "X" is not Christian but
is Pagan, Gnostic, a cult, a business enterprise, mind controlling, too liberal,
etc. "X" is most often Roman Catholic, Mormon, and Jehovah's Witnesses. We
acknowledge that these Emailers are following various common definitions of the
term "Christian." However, on this site, we follow a different definition.
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Copyright © 2003 to 2009 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2003-DEC-28
Latest update: 2009-AUG-31
Author: B.A. Robinson