1914: End or beginning of the great "time of trouble"
⚪ 1914 : the end of the time of trouble
We see no reason for changing the figures- nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God's dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but the end of the time of trouble. We see no reason dor changing from our opinion expressed in the View presented in the Watch Tower of Jan.15,'92.
We advise that, it be read again.
Source : 🇺🇸 The Zion's Watch tower, July 15, 1894, page 226
Sixthly, It will prove that the great "time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation," will reach its culmination and will end at that date; and then men will have learned to be still, and to know that Jehovah is God and that he will be exalted in the earth. (Psa. 46:10.) The condition of things spoken of in symbolic language as raging waves of the sea, melting earth, falling mountains and burning heavens will then have passed away, and the "new heavens and new earth" with their peaceful blessings will begin to be recognized by trouble-tossed humanity. But the Lord's Anointed and his rightful and righteous authority will first be recognized by a company of God's children while passing through the great tribulation—the class represented by m and t on the Chart of the Ages (See also pages 235 to 239, Vol. l); afterward, just at its close, by fleshly Israel; and ultimately by mankind in general.
Source : 🇺🇸 MILLENNIAL DAWN, Vol.II, The Time is at Hand (1902), page 77 et page 78 [https://archive.org]
⚫ 1914 : the beginning of the time of trouble
We remind you that as far back as 1876 the Bible Student who became the first president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society stated in print that the Biblical “times of the Gentiles” would expire in the autumn of 1914 resulting in unparalleled trouble for the whole world.
Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, November 15 1975, page 686 + Cover
The Watchtower tries to make believe its followers that Charles Russell taught that 1914 is the date of the beginning of the great trouble. But in 1894, the Zion's Watch Tower (07-15-1874, page 226) taught the opposite. 1914 is the end of the great distress.