Why has the Watchtower been criticized?
Although many have been very critical of the Watchtower, the Society has been very consistent at one thing - and that is whenever a prophecy they have given proves false, they have always changed it. To a Jehovah's Witness this proves that the Society is God's organization because they have corrected their errors. But we ask, if the Watchtower Society is being led by God, why don't they change their false prophecies before they are proved false instead of after? Can you imagine with all the hype that the year 1975 brought, if the Society would have said in 1973 "We made a mistake. 1975 will not be the start of the 1,000 year reign of Christ."
Why did they wait until after 1975 came and went before they got "new light" from God about their mistake? What about the year 1914? The Watchtower admits that Charles Taze Russell and the early Jehovah's Witnesses had wrong expectations about what 1914 would bring. Why did they have to wait until after 1914 to get the correction? Is it because the only way that they knew that they were wrong is because their prophecy did not come true? If they were really God's organization, wouldn't Jehovah God have spoken to them before 1914 so that they wouldn't have to make the correction following public ridicule?
Another change in prophecy is imminent
The Watchtower Society faces another major change in prophecy. The Watchtower has always taught that Armageddon will come very soon and that some of the 144,000 will be alive on earth during the 1,000 year reign of Christ. Since the Society's teaching is that the selection of the 144,000 was completed by the year 1935, the number of this anointed class has dwindled down to less than 9,000 very elderly men and women with the youngest of them about 90 years old. Within a few short years the Society will have to readjust their prophecy once again. Once again, after the fact, the Society will be out of light and will be in search of "new light".
Does the Bible talk about an upcoming "new light" crisis?
The Bible tells a story about such an event. In Matthew 25, ten virgins took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. All of the ten fell asleep because the bridegroom delayed his coming. But when the call came at midnight to get ready to meet the bridegroom, only the five wise virgins had light. The other five were foolish and were without light in their lamps and needed to go out to buy "new light". While the five foolish virgins were gone looking for "new light", the bridegroom came for the ones who were ready. The ones who were not ready found themselves rejected by the Master. The parable concludes with the warning in verse thirteen "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
Jesus warned Christians to be ready for His coming, but the Watchtower is not heeding the warning. They are not preparing for Jesus' second coming. They believe that they have enough light in their lamps that tells them that Jesus already came invisibly in 1914 and as a result they are not expecting Jesus to come back to this earth. When will the Watchtower get "new light"? It is obvious. They will get their "new light" after the fact, when it is too late. "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'"
Have you searched the light of God's word to see if Jesus is really coming again? Or will you be left behind with the Watchtower, once again with your lamp full of "new light" but on the outside of the door?