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  1. Counting the Days to Armageddon: Jehovah's Witnesses and the Second Presence of Christ
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  2. Counting the Days to Armageddon: Jehovah's Witnesses and the Second Presence of Christ

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Counting the Days to Armageddon is work is of vital importance for all concerned with the Jehovah's Witness movement. It provides a thorough examination of their eschatological development, treating Watch Tower theology objectively but sympathetically. Crompton also speculates about the future direction of Jehovah's Witness teaching.

The book begins with a brief consideration of the biblical foundations of doctrines of the last days, particularly the books of Daniel and Revelation. There follows an outline summary of some of the main aspects of the history of this doctrine within the Protestant mainstream during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and an outline of the Adventist teaching of William Miller (1782-1849) in the U.S.A.

During the time following the failure of Miller's expectations of the end of the world, his ideas were developed by Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916), prime mover of the Watch Tower movement. Counting the Days to Armageddon explores the way in which Russell amended Miller's ideas, and also the distinctive way in which he handled the Dispensational categorisation of history of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) to create an extension of historicist speculation on the application of prophecy to the modern world.

The response of the Watch Tower movement to the failure of Russell's expectations in 1914 is explored, and the new body of doctrine which has replaced Russell's is examined. The ways in which these doctrines have been modified in the past suggest ways in which future doctrine may develop, especially in response to the protracted delay of Armageddon. What is envisaged, in the light of the history of Watch Tower doctrine, is no dramatic collapse of the movement but rather an increasing emphasis upon other, less vulnerable areas of doctrine together with a greater turnover of membership which may, in due course, undermine the movement's stability.

Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Robert Crompton
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780227679395
ISBN
0227679393
Label
James Clarke & Co
Manufacturer
James Clarke & Co
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
144
PublicationDate
1996-09-04
Publisher
James Clarke & Co
Studio
James Clarke & Co
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Crompton offers one of the best descriptions available of the development of the doctrinal system of Jehovah's Witnesses. The author has succeeded in approaching a controversial subject strictly analytical and offers deep insight on how the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses have developed from Russell's adapted version of Millerism right into the contemporary framework where controversy is largely avoided or at least toned down. Interesting aspect is the way the author estimates the future of the Watchtower-Society (and its doctrines). When the leadership of the Society takes his view in account and applies the offered possibilities, it will remain existing deep into the 21st century.
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