So in 1994, it dawned on the senile leadership in Brooklyn that yet another embarrassing failure had to be covered up as best it could be done. In the November 1, 1995 issue of the Watchtower we find the weasel worded "change" which Brooklyn now prefers to call an "updated understanding", another code word for the fact that they screwed up royally (as usual) and have absolutely no clue (as usual). Anyway, thanks to some active "apostate" effort, the press published some articles about this new failure and that way Brooklyn had a hard time to ease it past the rank and file. Let us look at the "masterpiece":
Analyzing the use of words here we notice this: "Jehovah's people have at times speculated". Notice the expression "at times" and also the word "speculated". If you look at the incessant pounding about the 1914-generation in the Watchtower literature through decades it can hardly be termed "at times". If you look in the Watchtower literature for all the times they have written about the 1914-generation you will never find the word "speculation" used anywhere, on the contrary. It was held out as a certainty, it was promised by the Bible, by Jehovah and by Jesus.
After decades of promoting the "rubber band" generation the "elastic" broke and of course it presented Brooklyn with many problems. One quite logical thought that surfaced among the friends was that after so many years of yelling "wolf" and ranting about how few of the "generation" was left and how imminent the end "therefore had to be", now they were yet again without a clue as to how distant the "end" might be. Of course the thought that the "end" isn't right around the corner strikes panic and hysteria in Brooklyn, because this might cause the Witnesses to "slow down", so here they had to do some "explaining". After having succeeded in stretching the "generation" into a period of 80 years, it was now comically enough imperative to achieve the exact opposite. Finally through a miraculous bout of "a heart of wisdom", the "generation" had to be short, as short as possible:
As we can observe, the Watchtower hurries to assure the rank and file that of course the end is just as imminent as always. We are treated to the following complete nonsensical sentence: "That is certainly not the case. On the contrary, the recent improved understanding of this matter should help us to keep in constant expectation of the end." Yes folks, a new and improved "understanding" will allow us to, instead of focusing on how long time it is left to the end, we can now expect the "end" constantly! How great! It will apply to any generation of "wicked" people!
Here are some more gems: "A generation of people cannot be viewed as a period having a fixed number of years". How hilarious. After at least 60 years of promoting that very idea as the gospel truth, the Watchtower tells us that a generation cannot possibly be viewed that way! Without reminding their readers about Watchtower articles calculating how old those who "saw what happened in 1914" had to be, to be part of the generation, etc, they of course emphasize how "short" it must be.
With this burst of more meaningless drivel the Watchtower magazine hammers home their "improved understanding". What this improved understanding boils down to is that they are now back to same old drivel as any of the other apocalyptical Churches has been engaging in for years, namely the end can come any minute now, just look at how horribly bad everything is!
The rank and file naturally also wondered about how this now elusive "generation" should now be considered relative to the year 1914? Of course statements like this: "It was not, as such, a description of a fixed length of time beginning with a specific date." It looked as though the Watchtower Society tried to disconnect the "generation" from the date 1914. Thus we had the next "explanation":
Of course the Watchtower hurries to explain that the "improved understanding" doesn't really change anything. Well, apart from revealing yet again how utterly and universally clueless the Watchtower Society really is about everything, it doesn't change much in Brooklyn. Then we get the old hopeless "prune" argument: "We have ample evidence that this sign has been in course of fulfillment since 1914. The facts about wars, famines, plagues, earthquakes, and other evidences bear out that since 1914, Jesus has been active as King of God's Kingdom. This indicates that since then we have been in the conclusion of the system of things."
As has been demonstrated time and time again, these so-called "signs" are something that has been evident in all generations of mankind, all the time. The only difference we have seen in our generation since 1914, is that virtually every aspect of this "sign" has improved immensely since 1914, leaving us the fact that the previous generations was far worse off than ours. How's that as a "sign"?
It is quite hilarious and remarkable that something, which has been crystal clear for the majority of the "clergy of Christendom" for thousands of years, didn't occur to the leaders of "Jehovah's organization" until November, 1995. My, does the "spirit" move slowly through "God's Channel". Maybe they should consider installing fibre cable? Anyway, now the rank and file Jehovah's Witness doesn't have to be preoccupied with when the "end" will come. Why? It will come "soon". Here are some examples of this "improved understanding":
Notice the nonsense in the last two sentences: "No doubt some apostates would have been delighted if many of Jehovah's Witnesses had stuck rigidly to the previous understanding of such subjects and refused to progress. Nothing of the kind has happened. Why? Jehovah's people are loyal."
Wonder who those "apostates" are? Being one myself I have never met anyone who have ever mentioned such a thing. On the contrary, we "apostates" know very well that whatever changes is decreed in Brooklyn, the "faithful" will automatically "believe" what the Watchtower Society writes.
If Brooklyn tomorrow decided that blood transfusions was A OK, all "faithful" Witnesses would go around the next day claiming that this is nothing new, "we have always believed this". That's exactly how it works.
It is interesting to notice that in spite of the "updated/improved understanding" the Watchtower continues to allude to the good old "obsolete understanding", just take a look at this:
As late as in 1992, when Brooklyn was staggering around in the dark steeped in their "speculations" it sounded like this:
The Watchtower Society has made every mistake possible when it comes to all their grand cock sure claims about "knowing" the future. In this they share the legacy of the entire Bible thumping wolf criers since the first century. The sad thing is that these people never learn, and no doubt there will be idiots ranting about the imminent "end" a thousand years from now.