When “Judge” Rutherford visited New Zealand in 1938 he met a mostly hostile reception. As Rutherford was driven to the Auckland Town Hall to deliver a lecture, “…his attention was drawn to a newspaper placard bearing a distortion of the title of a lecture he had given years earlier.” [Watchtower, March 1, 1985, p. 28]
What was the name of that original lecture? What was the theme and promise that was part of Watchtower president J. F. Rutherford’s world famous public-speaking program that began on September 25, 1920 and continued for many years after?
In 1920, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society also published a booklet of the same name. On page 97 it stated:
“…that the new order is coming in, and that 1925 shall mark the resurrection of the faithful worthies of old and the beginning of reconstruction, it is reasonable to conclude that millions now living will never die.”
The passing of 1925 and the embarrassing failure of these predictions by the Watchtower under the direction of “Judge” Joseph F. Rutherford were well-known and remembered by many people living in 1938.
The people of New Zealand were slow to forget or forgive. It was no wonder that on that newspaper placard displayed upon his arrival in Auckland it was written in big bold letters: