How can one recognize true and false prophets?
Genesis 5:18:22 describes a recognition mark of the false prophet:
Genesis 5:18:22 If the prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, and nothing shall come of it, and it shall not come to pass, then this is a word which the LORD hath not spoken. The prophet hath spoken it with arrogance: therefore be not afraid of him.
The Watchtower of 1.5.1997 page 8 paragraph 1 writes:
Recognize the messengers of the right species
It is I ... who make the word of his servant come true and who execute the counsel of his own messengers (JESAJA 44:25, 26).
JEHOVA GOTT makes its true messengers recognizable. He does it by making the messages that he transmits through them come true. Moreover, Jehovah exposes false messengers. In what way? He does not let their signs and predictions come true. Thus he shows that they are self-proclaimed prophets, whose messages in truth spring from their own absurd considerations, even from their foolish, carnal thinking.
The magazine Erwachet! of 8 April 1969, page 23, gives the following:
However, in the past there have been people who have declared that on a certain day the world will end. ... But nothing happened. The end did not come. They had proved to be false prophets.
Jehovah God exposes false messengers by not letting their signs and predictions arrive!
What is Jehovah's Witnesses' view of the following end-time dates 1914, 1925, and 1975 that were not fulfilled?
In the Erwachet of 22.3.1993 on pages 3-4 with the sub-theme: Why so often false alarm? Is explained in the footnote:
In their enthusiasm for Jesus' second coming, Jehovah's Witnesses have pointed to dates that have turned out to be incorrect. Because of this they have been called false prophets by some. But in none of the cases did they presume to make predictions in the name of Jehovah. Never have they said: "These are the words of Jehovah." The Watchtower, the official organ of Jehovah's Witnesses, has declared: "We do not have the gift of prophecy (The Watch Tower, January 1883, p. 425). "Nor would we have cited or considered our writings as infallible" (The Watch Tower, December 15, 1896, page 306). The fact that some have Jehovah's spirit "does not mean," says The Watchtower, "that those who now serve as Jehovah's Witnesses are inspired. It also does not mean that the articles in this magazine, titled The Watchtower, are inspired and infallible and flawless" (August 15, 1947, p. 253). "The Watchtower, however, does not claim to be inspired in its utterances, nor is it dogmatic" (October 15, 1950, p. 317). "The brothers who write these publications [are] not infallible ... Their writings are not inspired like those of Paul and the other Bible writers (2Ti 3:16). Therefore, when understanding became clearer, it was sometimes necessary to correct some views (Pr 4:18) " (May 15, 1981, p. 19).
Is this statement from the awakening of 22.3.1993 correct?
The Watchtower from 1.3.1987 page 10-15 'On the Watchtower I stand':
18 The Governing Body continues to follow similar guidelines to this day. Each article in both the Watchtower and Awake! magazine and each page, including pictures, is reviewed by selected members of the governing body prior to printing. In addition, those who help write articles for the Watchtower are Christian elders who know the seriousness of their assignment. (Compare 2 Chronica 19:7.) They spend many hours researching the Bible and other sources to ensure that what is written is true and exactly in accordance with Scripture (Ecclesiastes 12:9, 10; 2 Timothy 1:13). It is not unusual that a magazine article that you may read in 15 minutes requires two to four weeks and sometimes even more preparation time.
19 Therefore you can read the magazines The Watchtower and Awake! with confidence. But you can do more. You can enthusiastically offer these magazines to others so that they may also experience the truth and benefit from the messages of the 'Guardian standing on the Watchtower' (Isaiah 21:8). Yes, along with the modern Guardian, you too can champion biblical truths.
About Charles T. Russell, the first president of the Watch Tower Society, the following was written in the book "Das vollendete Geheimnis", 1917 edition, page 34:
»Pastor Russell's warnings to Christianity came directly from God ... In all his warnings he did not claim originality. He said he could never have written his books himself. Everything came from God through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit«.
From these articles, one can see that the publications of the Watchtower Society do not present the facts correctly. Yes, the dates 1914, 1925 and 1975 turned out to be incorrect. The second coming of Jesus did not arrive. God exposed the Watchtower Society as the false messenger (prophet). Armageddon did not arrive at these dates.
Do you need more evidence? The Watchtower Society is a liar and the False Prophet!