By M. James Penton
Since 1876, Jehovah’s Witnesses have believed that they're dwelling within the final days of the current international. Charles T. Russell, their founder, instructed his fans that participants of Christ’s church will be raptured in 1878, and by means of 1914 Christ might damage the international locations and identify his state on the earth. the 1st prophecy was once now not fulfilled, however the outbreak of the 1st global struggle lent a few credibility to the second one. Ever considering that point, Jehovah’s Witnesses were predicting that the area might finish “shortly.” Their numbers have grown to many hundreds of thousands in over 200 international locations. They distribute one billion items of literature each year, and proceed to count on the tip of the world.
For nearly thirty years, M. James Penton’s Apocalypse Delayed has been the definitive scholarly research of this spiritual circulation. As a former member of the sect, Penton deals a complete review of the Jehovah's Witnesses. His e-book is split into 3 elements, each one providing the Witnesses’ tale in a special context: ancient, doctrinal, and sociological. a few of the matters he discusses are recognized to most people, similar to the sect’s competition to army provider and blood transfusions. Others contain inner controversies, together with political keep an eye on of the association and the dealing with of dissent in the ranks.
Thoroughly revised, the 3rd version of Penton’s vintage textual content contains giant new info at the assets of Russell’s theology and at the church’s early leaders, in addition to assurance of vital advancements in the sect because the moment version used to be released fifteen years ago.
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