series of correspondence to the Society, was provided to JW Files from John the owner of the website www.607v587.com in the UK. You can e-mail John for questions or comments.
the Correct Date for the Fall of Jerusalem?
is if you are one of Jehovah's witnesses. This date is now positioned as the
primary basis for the many significant ‘prophecies’ and ‘claims’
which have been proclaimed by the Jehovah’s Witness movement worldwide.
I go any further, let me just briefly outline the background to my own current
am currently still known as one of Jehovah’s witnesses and have been
for the last 27 years. The JW belief system is all I have ever known. Most
of my family are still in the “truth”, as is also the case for
my wife’s family.
until a year ago, whenever I read the date “607 BCE” in the various
magazines and literature that the Watchtower publish, I had no reason to doubt
that the Society had a sound basis for applying this dating protocol in support
of their teachings.
you too are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses reading this, you will no doubt
agree with me that the norm is take for granted any of the information we
are “fed” with as being absolutely rock solid.
the information comes directly from the Governing Body. That’s why!
a devout JW, I was always left completely satisfied with any of the Society’s
assertions for dating. Indeed, I think most JW’s take it as gospel,
anything that the Society comes out with.
me, my confidence in the Governing Body was always unreserved as is no doubt
the case for millions of other JW’s worldwide who also feel the same.
feeling was that the Society would obviously have thoroughly checked out all
the historical and archaeological evidence available and would only have used
reliable dates, wouldn’t they.
the beginning of this year, my brother in law challenged me to investigate
something for him. Being an Oxford University Graduate, he explained that
he had done some research on the 607 BCE date and had found it somewhat impossible
to come up with anything remotely similar to the date which the Society adopts.
is where the challenge came in; He wanted me to show to him both the Historical
and Biblical evidence to substantiate the Society’s claim for the 607
having confidence in the Society as being “God’s channel of communication”,
I accepted the challenge and started a 4 month research project to verify
the Watchtower’s teachings.
started my research by telephoning the British Museum and spoke to Mr Walker,
the Assistant Curator of Babylonian Antiquities. He became pivotal in my researching
of the Society’s teaching.
exhaustively questioned Mr Walker about all the evidence that I had already
come up with in support of the 587 BCE date and went on to ask him why historians
favor this date over the Society’s 607 BCE date.
response, he explained that there is numerous evidence to back up the 587
BCE date, and thus, directed me not only to all the artifacts available, but
also to all the books I should study in order to make up my own mind.
now, this challenge had become so import to me that I decided to go and visit
the museum to see the artifacts to prove it for myself.
more I researched this 607 BCE date, the more evidence I was finding that
this “607 BCE” date just could not be right. In fact, I just couldn’t
find anything on this date and was struggling to back up the Society in their
one of the telephone conversations with Mr Walker, he suggested that I should
read a book by Carl Olof Jonnson called “The Gentile Times Reconsidered”.
I went out and bought this book and found that I just couldn’t put it
down. I ended up reading it three times and went through it scrupulously to
try and find some kind of “substantiation” for the Society’s
teaching on the “607 BCE” date.
just had to prove the “587 BCE” date wrong. Afterall, if I couldn’t,
it would have meant that the Governing Body had got it wrong…………surely
everything comes directly from God through his “Channel of communication”... Doesn’t
course it does!” I thought.
I continued to go through all the evidence I had with a fine tooth comb in
order to find something that would prove the Society’s teaching on 607
this became impossible to do. I just couldn’t find anything. Nothing
now, I had become desperate to find some answers. So, in this desperation,
I decided to write to the Governing Body in Brooklyn in the hope that they
would be able to shed some “light” on “our” teaching
of the 607 BCE date.
letter eventually took me 20 hours to put together because I felt that it
was absolutely imperative that I get my facts right. With all the information
I had researched, I collated it in such a way that it would read like a report,
and thus make the points easier for the Society to respond to.
I requested their help in answering the numerous
questions I had posed to them in order for me to go back to my brother-in-law
with the firm proof to support the “607 BCE” date teaching.
letter included a summary of the information I had found in the “The
Gentile Times Reconsidered” book, however, what I didn’t do was
refer to it or make any mention that I had read it as this would have revealed
I had been reading what the Society classifies as “apostate literature”.
you will see when you read the letters I sent to the Society on the links
below, the real source of the research is of course acknowledged and is published
with the permission of the copyright owners.
reading my letter, please go on to read the first “reply” that
I received from the Society which did absolutely nothing to satisfy my questions
about their dating methods.
will see that as a result of the frustrating reply I got, I wrote another
letter, only this time, rather than sending it to the Brooklyn Bethel and
forwarding a copy to the British Branch, I actually addressed it to the British
conclusion, I leave you to make up your own mind, but just remember this:
should always be looking for
“the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God”.
MATTER HOW HARD IT IS TO ACCEPT.