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The Witnesses' alternative chronology produces a 20-year gap between the reigns of Neo-Babylonian Kings Amel-Marduk (rule ended 560 BC) and Nabonidus (rule began 555 BC) in addition to the intervening reigns of Neriglissar and Labashi-Marduk, despite the availability of contiguous cuneiform records.Jehovah's Witnesses teach that since October 1914, humanity has been living in a period of intense increased trouble known as "the last days", marked by war, disease, famine, earthquakes, and a progressive degeneration of morality.They state that the beginning of Christ's heavenly rule would seem worse initially for mankind because it starts with the casting out of Satan from heaven to the earth, which according to Revelation 12, would bring a brief period of "woe" to mankind.God's kingdom rule over the earth, over which Jesus reigns as God's appointed king.Watch Tower publications often cite Proverbs , "The path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established" (NWT) to support their view that there would be an increase in knowledge during "the time of the end", as mentioned in Daniel 12:4.Jehovah's Witnesses state that this increase in knowledge needs adjustments.
Many of the changes reflect altered views on the significance of the dates 1874, 1914, 1918, and 1925. Barbour expected a visible and dramatic return of Christ in 1873, Soon after the 1874 disappointment, Barbour's group decided Christ had returned to the earth in 1874, but invisibly.
Claims about the significance of those years, including the presence of Jesus Christ, the beginning of the "last days", the destruction of worldly governments and the earthly resurrection of Jewish patriarchs, were successively abandoned.
In 1922 the society's principal journal, Watch Tower, described its chronology as "no stronger than its weakest link", but also claimed the chronological relationships to be "of divine origin and divinely corroborated..a class by itself, absolutely and unqualifiedly correct" Witness publications say that Bible prophecies can be fully understood only after their fulfillment, citing examples of biblical figures who did not understand the meaning of prophecies they received.
After Armageddon, God will extend his heavenly kingdom to include earth.
Watch Tower Society publications teach that Jesus Christ returned invisibly and began to rule in heaven as king in October 1914.
Influenced by the pyramidology theories of John Taylor and Charles Piazzi Smyth, Nelson Barbour and Charles Russell taught that the Great Pyramid of Giza contained prophetic measurements in "pyramid inches" that pointed to both 18.