From 1966, Witness publications and convention talks built anticipation of the possibility that Christ's thousand-year reign might begin in late 1975 or shortly thereafter. The number of baptisms increased significantly, from about 59,000 in 1966 to more than 297,000 in 1974, but membership declined after expectations for the year were proved wrong. Watch Tower Society literature did not state dogmatically that 1975 would definitely mark the end, but in 1980 the Watch Tower Society admitted its responsibility in building up hope regarding that year.(I don't normally quote Wikipedia, but this info is available easily on the web from many independent sources.)
The Jehovah's Witnesses' have had a long problem with date-setting for the Millennium. The Founder, Charles Taze Russell started it by claiming that the Millennium would start in 1914. Instead we got World War I. Oops!
But they have been slow learners and, as you can see, were still at it a century later.
They are not the only goalpost movers and they are not the only slow learners. There is another apocalyptic cult operating today and it has far more money, far more adherents and far more potential to ruin your economic outlook than the poor old Jehovah's Witnesses. I refer, of course, to the First International Church of Climate Change (formerly the First International Church of Global Warming). The headquarters is in the UN's International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and it is now old enough that the old problem of date-setting is now beginning to cause PR problems.
Greg Halvorson explains:
They predicted 50 million "refugees" by 2010, but not only have they failed to materialize, those areas that were supposed to be submerged by rising seas or made desert have increased in population.Well, that should solve the problem for another 8 or 9 years. Maybe the IPCC and the JW's have the same PR company.
The U.N.'s response? Move the goalpost!
Indeed, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cristina Tirado, an environmental researcher, warned - again! - of 50 million climate refugees, thinking perhaps that no one would notice the absurdity. At any rate, the new target year for climate victims to again start wandering the wastes of Africa is 2020.