JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES have had wrong expectations about when the end would come. Like Jesus’ first-century disciples, we have sometimes looked forward to the fulfillment of prophecy ahead of God’s timetable. (Luke 19:11; Acts 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2)
Why, then, do we continue to highlight the nearness of the end? Because we take seriously Jesus’ words: “Keep looking, keep awake.” The alternative, to be found “sleeping” by Jesus, would prevent us from gaining his favor. (Mark 13:33, 36 ) Why?
Consider this example: A lookout in a fire tower (See photo) might see what he thinks is a wisp of smoke on the horizon and sound what proves to be a false alarm. Later, though, his alertness could save lives.
We believe that even more important than focusing on when the end will come, we must be confident that it will come, and we must act accordingly.— Habakkuk 2:3
THE WATCHTOWER JANUARY 2013
See also: ‘Are We Living in “the Last Days”?’, edited by Jehovah’s Witnesses.