The following work was published in a book form and attracted great interest of Polish readers. That is why we deliver it also in English version. Because of that it was conformed to Jehovah’s Witnesses’ literature published in the United States. However, in several cases the author retained quotations from Polish publications of the Watch Tower Society (translated into English), when texts did not have their English counterparts (it applies to the newsletter Kingdom Service). It should be noted that the work was enriched with several issues and quotations which did not appear in Polish printed book.
Moreover, it is one of rare publications embracing thoroughly one of crucial issues connected with Jehovah’s Witnesses. The material is a very wide archive of texts pertaining to the year 1975 and helpful discussion of the quotations. Wlodzimierz Bednarski plans to publish similar works in a book form, concerning “generation 1914” and year 1925. He is the author of two books and about 200 articles concerning Jehovah’s Witnesses. In his publications he presents changes of the Watchtower doctrines, confronts them with the Bible and with early Christian writings. He is esteemed as the greatest Polish expert in the area of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ doctrine, history and practices.
The present translator was a Witness for 18 years and an elder in Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation for 14 years. I am also involved in the ministry reaching Jehovah’s Witnesses to Christ. Although I have some experience in that area, I was positively impressed by the work of Mr. Bednarski and I gained much understanding of the 1975 issue from the following pages. I do not know of any other work which is such a comprehensive and logically arranged presentation of the original sources applying to 1975 prediction. I am sure that English speaking readers will be benefited by reading this work.
Szymon Piotr Matusiak