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Rome [And Its Empire(s)]


League of Nations

United Nations

Events related to Jehovah's people

Jehovah Sets Limit for Pre-Flood Society (120 Years)

Ark Building

Start of construction unknown, thought to be between 50 and 60 years.


The Flood

There was an incessant torrential downpour for “forty days and forty nights”; “the waters continued overwhelming the earth” a hundred and fifty days. (Ge 7:4, 12, 24)

Five months after the downpour began, the ark “came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.” (Ge 8:4)

It was nearly two and a half months later before “the tops of the mountains appeared” (Ge 8:5), another three months before Noah removed the ark’s covering to see that the earth had practically drained (Ge 8:13), and nearly two months later when the door was opened and the survivors set foot on dry ground once again.—Ge 8:14-18.

Noah and his family entered the ark in the 600th year of Noah’s life, the 2nd month (October-November), the 17th day.

(Ge 7:11) One year later (a year consisting of 360 days) was the 17th day, 2nd month, 601st year. Ten days after that would be the 27th day of the 2nd month, when they came out.

This totaled of 370 days, or parts of 371 separate days, spent in the ark. (Ge 8:13, 14)

In the log that Noah kept, it appears he used months of 30 days each, 12 of them equaling 360 days. In this way he avoided all the complicated fractions involved had he used strictly lunar months consisting of slightly more than 29 1⁄2 days. That such calculations were used in the account is evident from the fact that a five-month period consisted of 150 days

Mosaic Law Covenant Initiated

Passover; Israelites leave Egypt; End of 400 years of affliction

Tabernacle Construction Compleated

The Devision of the Kingdom

Launch of Global Preaching Campaign

The first major convention that the BIble Students held after World War I in Cedar Point, Ohio, U.S.A.

The gathering was attended by some 7,000 and was marked by the launching of a global preaching campaign.

Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!!!

Cedar Point, Ohio, U.S.A

A nine-day convention featured the dramatic impetus by Joseph F. Rutherford to "Herald the message far and wide. The world must know that Jehovah is God and that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. This is the day of all days. Behold, the King reigns! Therefore advertise, advertise, advertise, the King and his kingdom."

Bible Students Re-named as Jehovah's Witnesses

In 1931 the International Bible Students took the Bible-based name Jehovah’s Witnesses based on Isaiah 43:10

In the 1920’s the Bible Students became increasingly aware of the deep significance of God’s name, Jehovah. Then, on July 26, 1931, at a convention in Columbus, Ohio, the Society’s president, Joseph F. Rutherford, presented a resolution entitled “A New Name.” The words, “We desire to be known as and called by the name, to wit, Jehovah’s witnesses,” thrilled the conventioners, who approved the resolution with a resounding “Aye!” Since then, Jehovah’s name has gained worldwide prominence

"Other Sheep" Identified

In 1935 the “great crowd” of Revelation 7:9-15 was understood to be made up of “other sheep,” Christians with an earthly hope, who would appear on the world scene in “the last days” and who as a group would survive Armageddon.

Neutrality Emphasized

During 1939, World War II started in Europe. In that same year, the November 1 issue of The Watchtower contained an article entitled “Neutrality.”

“All who are on the Lord’s side will be neutral as to warring nations.” Jehovah’s Witnesses in all nations and under all circumstances continue to hold to this position. They do not allow the world’s divisive politics and wars to break up their international brotherhood. They “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears.” Being neutral, they do not learn war anymore.

"Scarlet-Colored Wild Beast” Identified

In 1942, in the midst of World War II, Nathan H. Knorr delivered the thrilling discourse “Peace—Can It Last?” In it, he identified the “scarlet-colored wild beast” of Revelation 17 and indicated that there would still be much preaching to do after the war.

Gilead Began

...watch this space

Rutherford Dies

On January 8, 1942, Joseph Rutherford, who had been taking the lead among Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, died. Five days later the directors of the Society elected Brother Knorr to succeed him.

When W. E. Van Amburgh, the Society’s longtime secretary-treasurer, announced this to the Bethel family, he said: “I can remember when C. T. Russell died [in 1916] and was replaced by J. F. Rutherford. The Lord continued to direct and prosper His work. Now, I fully expect the work to move ahead with Nathan H. Knorr as president because this is the Lord’s work, not man’s.”

TMS Introduced/Inaugurated

In February 1942, it was announced that the “Advanced Course in Theocratic Ministry” would be started. It was designed to train those at Bethel in order to improve their ability to do research on Bible subjects, properly organize their material, and present it effectively.

Sanctity of Blood Clarified

In the wake of World War II, during which it had become standard practice to treat wounded soldiers with blood transfusions, there was increased light on the sanctity of blood.

The July 1, 1945, issue of The Watchtower encouraged “all worshipers of Jehovah who seek eternal life in his new world of righteousness to respect the sanctity of blood and to conform themselves to God’s righteous rulings concerning this vital matter.”

WBBR Launched

1945 Marked the beginning of Bible Lectures being broadcast across our very own radio station, New York.

NWT Received

At an international convention in New York City in 1950, the audience was delighted to receive the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures, the first installment of a modern-language Bible that restored God’s name to its rightful place in his Word

Tobacco Use Eliminated

The Watchtower of June 1, 1973, explained that from that time forward, an individual would need to quit smoking before he could be baptized and become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In1973 the use of tobacco was seen as a “defilement of flesh” and was to be viewed as serious wrongdoing.

7,402 Baptized

1993 “Divine Teaching” International Convention in Kiev, Ukraine, where 7,402 were immersed—the largest baptism of Jehovah’s Witnesses on record.

Bible Characters

Adam Created

Birth of Seth



Father to Noah


Japeth (Son of Noah)

Unknown time of death

Means: "May He grant ample space"

Shem (Son of Noah)

Ham (Son of Noah)

Unknown time of death and birth

Born after 2470 BCE, "possibly the youngest".



Abraham was the tenth generation from Noah through Shem (Lives Overlapped 150 years), 352 years after the Flood.


Abraham and Sarah's name is changed


Job's Trials and Death


A son of Amram and Jochebed of the tribe of Levi, born in Egypt in 1597 B.C.E. Levi was Aaron’s great-grandfather. (Ex 6:13, 16-20) Miriam was his elder sister, and Moses was his younger brother by three years. (Ex 2:1-4; 7:7) Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, and had four sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. (Ex 6:23) He died in 1474 B.C.E. at the age of 123 years

Bible Writers/Prophets



“Man of the true God,” leader of the nation of Israel, mediator of the Law covenant, prophet, judge, commander, historian, and writer. (Ezr 3:2) Moses was born in 1593 B.C.E., in Egypt, being the son of Amram, the grandson of Kohath, and the great-grandson of Levi. His mother Jochebed was Kohath’s sister. Moses was three years younger than his brother Aaron. Miriam their sister was some years older.


Bible Book Writing Periods

Exodus Compleated

Genisis Compleated

Leviticus Compleated

Deuteronomy Compleated

Job Compleated

Numbers Compleated

Joshua Compleated

Judges Compleated

Ruth Compleated

1 Samuel Compleated

2 Samuel Compleated

Song of Soloman Compleated

Ecclesiasties Compleated (b)

Jonah Compleated

Joel Compleated (?)

Amos Compleated

Hosea Compleated

Isaiah Compleated (a)

Micah Compleated

Proverbs Compleated

Zephaniah Compleated

Nahum Compleated

Habukkuk Compleated (?)

Obadiah Compleated

Lamentations Compleated

Ezekial Compleated

1&2 Kings Compleated (1 roll)

Jeramiah Compleated

Daniel Completed

Haggai Compleated

Zechariah Compleated

Esther Compleated

Psalms Compleated

Ezra Compleated

1&2 Chronicles Compleated (1 roll)

Malachi Compleated (a)

Nehimiah Compleated (a)

Matthew Compleated

Galatians Compleated

1 Thessalonians Compleated

2 Thessalomians Compleated

1st & 2nd Corinthians Compleated

Romans Compleated

Luke Compleated

Philipians Compleated

Ephesians Compleated

Mark Compleated

Colossians Compleated

Philemon Compleated

Acts Compleated

Hebrews Completed

1 Timothy Compleated

Titus Compleated

1 Peter Compleated

James Compleated (b)

2 Peter Compleated

Jude Compleated

Revelation Compleated

John Compleated

1,2 & 3 John Compleated

Biblical Events

<<<<<<< Cain Slays Able

Tower of Babel Built

Abrahamic Covenant is Made

Abram and Sari Married

Moses Flees to Midian (offers himself as deliverer)

Jehovah Commisions Moses (Burning Bush)

Red Sea Deliverence

Appointed Times of The Nations

Kings of Israel





Queen Athaliah (Judah)

Jehu (Israel)

World Events

Pharonaic Rule of Egypt Begins

Hinduisim Emerges

First Recorded Olympic Games

Taoisim & Confucianisim Appear

Buddhist Era Begins in India

Greek Septuegint Translation Begins

Destruction of Pompeii



Celibacy decreed on Clergy