Greetings to all! Next week in the United States is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving. For those who reside in Pennsylvania as I do, the unofficial holiday starts the following Monday-the start of rifle deer season (yes I’ll be in the woods). Prior to that though, I wanted to just give a quick update regarding this Armageddon project.
When I started this project last November, I knew it would take some time. I thought I could get it finished up by the end of summer however, “time ran out.” All quotes have pretty much been added that I have been able to find (I did stop at 2015 for the time being). I’m in the midst of doing final edits which is the only tedious part (spot checking/citing everything). Concurrently, I’ve been compiling the numbers which is going pretty good. The days of Charles T. Russell went pretty easily since there wasn’t much in terms of quotes used. I believe this is due what started as a “breakaway” group attracting people from various mainstream Christian denominations.
The usage of the term “Armageddon” really skyrocketed under the days of "Judge" Joseph Rutherford. I believe this is due to needing to have an “identity” along with having a sufficient number of people under the organization’s umbrella. Thanks to Rutherford, the word “Armageddon” is now an integral part of the organization’s “DNA.”
I’m currently working the year 1944 under the administration of Nathan Knorr. When I’m done with this era, I’ll start releasing material sequentially one year a week with a publication a day (possibly I’ll break it up depending on length since some take up in excess of 50 pages).
As I’ve worked through, this quote would apply: Consider, too, the fact that Jehovah's organization alone, in all the earth, is directed by God's holy spirit or active force. (Zech. 4:6) Only this organization functions for Jehovah's purpose and to his praise.
The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom. April 15, 2010 p. 10
How you may ask? If you believe everything the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society puts out, you’ll have to believe that Jehovah wanted the word “Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16) to become the centerpiece of the Bible’s message since the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has mentioned it so much.
When Charles T. Russell came along, Jehovah didn’t want him to be the “vessel” that promoted Armageddon. It looks like Russell was to merely lay the foundation and the Watchtower’s holy spirit wanted Judge Rutherford to be the one responsible promoting Armageddon for Jehovah. Not included on the spreadsheet is the 1978 Watchtower that only has Armageddon mentioned only three times which either Jehovah didn’t want to be the focus or holy spirit “realized” 1975 was a failure and shouldn’t have been the focus for the year.
So with that, here’s a Rutherford focused (some Nathan Knorr sprinkled in) “teaser” spreadsheet (at the end) with some numbers for you to look at. Each issue mentioned has a total number of quotes. This spreadsheet serves as a summary for 1080 quotes. When I get everything done, I’ll do a statistical breakdown from totals down to the eras of leaders of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society organization. As always, if you have any comments either positive or negative, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.