Jehovah's Witnesses did Jehovah shed "new light" regarding Jesus' death on a cross?

Do you know who changed this belief? When and why was the cross changed to the torture stake?
Update: Charles Taze Russell's teachings included the cross. It wasn't until the Watchtower Society's second president (Joseph Rutherford), that the teachings regarding Jesus' execution were changed. The Bible students for many years wore a pin with a wreath of laurel leaves as the border and within the... show more Charles Taze Russell's teachings included the cross. It wasn't until the Watchtower Society's second president (Joseph Rutherford), that the teachings regarding Jesus' execution were changed.
The Bible students for many years wore a pin with a wreath of laurel leaves as the border and within the wreath was a crown with a cross running through it on an angle (a Masonic symbol, by the way).
It was Joseph Rutherford's idea to change this belief (read your own publication 1975 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses. pg.148.).
According to Watchtower dogma, Jesus returned in 1918 reviewing all the churches of the world and supposedly chose the Watchtower Society to be the
only "true" religion. Wouldn't Jesus himself let them know in 1918 that he did not die on a cross, as seen through these publications?
The historian Tacitus referred to Jesus dying on a cross.
Update 2: And the most undeniable proof that The Watchtower misinterprets Jesus' death on a cross is in their very own publication "The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures". Mark 15:27 "And together with him they are putting on stakes two robbers, one out of the right-hand parts and... show more And the most undeniable proof that The Watchtower misinterprets Jesus' death on a cross is in their very own publication "The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures".
Mark 15:27 "And together with him they are putting on stakes two robbers, one out of the right-hand parts and one out of the left-hand parts of him." The NWT purposely omits the words "hand".

Also, in The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures. pg.1155, they show a page from Lipsius's writings that shows a man on a stake rather than a cross. The page they used here of Lipsius writings indicate that an upright stake or tree was used for a great number of crucifixions, as the illustration shows (the illustration the
Watchtower erroneously used to support their shady torture stake doctrine). However, no reference to Jesus' death is at all mentioned on this page. Lipsius was in no way referring to
Jesus Christ's death in regards to this
particular type of execution.
Update 3: BUT, here's the kicker: Lipsius does refer to Jesus' death on a different page in his book. An illustration depicts the execution style of Jesus' death, not the illustration the Watchtower used to support their teachings on the matter. This is an undeniable example of the Watchtower Society... show more BUT, here's the kicker: Lipsius does
refer to Jesus' death on a different page in his book. An illustration depicts the execution style of Jesus' death, not the illustration the Watchtower used to support their teachings on the matter. This is an undeniable example of the Watchtower Society deliberately altering original writings to support their
own non-Biblical beliefs.

On this page, Lipsius writes "In the Lord's cross there were four pieces of wood, the upright beam, the crossbar, a tree trunk (piece of wood) placed below, and the title (inscription) placed above."

Also, we can see in John 20:25, Thomas uses the plural "nails" for his hands. If he died on an upright stake, why would two nails be needed? They could (and would) have used one nail to drive through both hands.
Update 4: The Greek word stauros wasn't just used for an upright pole like The Watchtower claims. The word stauros was also used to describe a variety of wooden structures used for execution during Biblical times. Matthew 27:37 says the sign was placed above his head, but if he was hung on an upright pole, it would be... show more The Greek word stauros wasn't just used for an upright pole like The Watchtower claims. The word stauros was also used to describe a variety of wooden structures used for execution during Biblical times.
Matthew 27:37 says the sign was placed above his head, but if he was hung on an upright pole, it would be placed above his HANDS, not head.
Update 5: UPDATE LINEDANCER: You don't know much about history. It is a common bisbelief that humans for centuries believed the earth to be flat. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries knew very well that the earth was round. Medieval science had been built on the precise studies of Greek scholars, and every... show more UPDATE LINEDANCER:

You don't know much about history. It is a common bisbelief that humans for centuries believed the earth to be flat. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries knew very well that the earth was round. Medieval science had been built on the precise studies of Greek scholars, and every educated person of Columbus's time knew that the earth is round. Not only had the ancient Greeks discovered that the earth is round, but the philosopher Eratostenes accurately calculated the earth's circumference in the third century BEFORE Christ! Medieval scholars debated such details as the earth's size and how big are the oceans, but no serious scholar believed the earth to be flat.
The myth that people of the 15th century believed that the earth was flat was popularized by 19th century atheists in order to use science in their war against religion. . The flat-earth myth did not appear in schoolbooks before 1870, but nearly all textbooks included it after 1880.
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Why would the cross being "pagan" mean he didn't die on one? Weren't the ones who killed him pagan? Wouldn't they have used a pagan symbol? You don't make any sense.
Update 7: UPDATE 3: LINEDANCER "I NEVER said that people in Columbus' thought that the earth was flat..." -- Your INTENTION was comparing a need of general knowledge of humankind to change like that of The Watchtower's doctrine. Why else would you have brought it up? What's funny is that if the... show more UPDATE 3: LINEDANCER

"I NEVER said that people in Columbus' thought that the earth was flat..."
-- Your INTENTION was comparing a need of general knowledge of humankind to change like that of The Watchtower's doctrine. Why else would you have brought it up?
What's funny is that if the Watchtower publish next month that "the new light" shows Jesus died on a cross, you'd quickly believe it with no questions asked. You're more quick to change your belief for them but not anyone or anything else.

Again, if the faithful and discreet had the "truth" and are the only ones who have correct interpretations of the Bible, then you would ALWAYS have the truth and correct interpretations. If you had to change your "truth" or "correct interpretations" then it was never true or correct in the first place. Obviously they DON'T have the truth or correct interpretations or they would've told you the FIRST time.
Update 8: UPDATE 4: LINEDANCER

Funny thing about the sign above "his head" huh? Yeah, I guess there was a sign that was written big enough for everyone to see the charge against him to fit in the very tiny triangle between his hands and head....
Update 9: UPDATE 5: ALEX S The extended wood above his hands does not go with the sign above his head. Even if there was "extended" wood, the sign would be placed above HIS HANDS. But the scripture says it was placed above his head. A sign large enough for people to read his charges would not have fit between... show more UPDATE 5: ALEX S

The extended wood above his hands does not go with the sign above his head. Even if there was "extended" wood, the sign would be placed above HIS HANDS. But the scripture says it was placed above his head. A sign large enough for people to read his charges would not have fit between the tiny triangle between his hands and head.

BESIDES, someone being crucified with arms straight up die of asphyxiation within minutes. Jesus stayed on the cross for more than three hours. This can be possible if his arms were at angles.
Update 10: UPDATE: LINEDANCER You are so wrong. Your NWT DOES omit the word "hand" from Mark 15:27 Your online NWT:(http://www.watchtower.org/bible/mr/chapter_015.htm#bk27) Also "parts" are in brackets meaning the Watchtower added this word!! They "parts" are not found in the original Greek.... show more UPDATE: LINEDANCER

You are so wrong. Your NWT DOES omit the word "hand" from Mark 15:27
Your online NWT:(http://www.watchtower.org/bible/mr/chapt...
Also "parts" are in brackets meaning the Watchtower added this word!! They "parts" are not found in the original Greek. How could a robber be "out of right hand" and "out of left hand" if he had both hands nailed together above him? The Greek scripture is, of course, referring that from Jesus' right HAND (not parts or "side") and one out from his left HAND (not parts or "side").
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