As I mentioned in my earlier writings, it was my intentions that through this investigation I would either become a stronger Witness or that it would lead me to conclude that I had been following a man made organization. I began by reading the writings of Charles T. Russell. Now someone may ask, why did I not read his books before? Great question, first they were in the Kingdom Hall library, and they were hard to find, we were told and we believed without reservation that Russell was this historical figure that God used in starting this Org. but his writings were no longer relevant for the day as God was revealing to us through the Watchtower “NEW LIGHT “meaning, new teachings for the day, another way to say what we printed last years as Truth is no longer so, here is the NEW TRUTH for the day. But first we need to know who C.T. Russell is. He was born in 1852 into a wealthy family in Allegheny PA., he began to have some interest in the Bible by age 18 and in 1870 Russell became interested in the doctrines of Second Adventists teachers like George Storrs, Jonas Wendell, George Stetson and Nelson Barbour. IN 1879 Russell began the publication of Zion’s “Watchtower and Herald of Christ’s Presence” magazine working with Charles Barbour. In time he severed his relationship with Barbour and went on his own. Russell wrote extensively, his major work was a collection of books that he entitled “Studies in The Scriptures” that dealt primarily with the end times. There is much that I can extrapolate from what I discovered in reading these books, but I will quote only some portions that will give the reader what these books were really all about. Russell made some incredible assertions about himself and also about his teachings. I will explain in more details late on. Fist off Russell wanted his readers and followers to accept these books as close to inspired as one can get, here is a quote from Vol. 2 The Time is at Hand page 15 “In this volume we offer a chain of testimony on the subject of God’s appointed times and seasons each link of which we consider Scripturally strong, while the whole of it when viewed together, in the relationship which one part bears to another, gives evidence of a plan so broad and comprehensive, a design so deep, and a harmony so perfect, as to clearly manifest to the studious and reverent inquirer that it is beyond the breadth and depth of human thought, and therefore cannot be of human origin” From the same book page 76-77 Russell outlines a time for the end and for the church to be taken to be with the Lord, when? 1914 “In this chapter we present the Bible evidence proving that the full end of the times of the Gentiles, i.e., the full end of their lease of dominion, will be reached in A.D. 1914; and that that date will be the farthest limit of the rule of imperfect men. It will prove that some time before the end of A.D. 1914 the last member of the divinely recognized Church of Christ, the “royal priesthood” the body of Christ, will be glorifies with the Head;…….being a joint heir with him of the Kingdom, and it cannot be fully set up without every member” (Highlights are mine) but you get the loaded language on the part of the writer. Here is another quote from page 101 “ Be not surprised, then, when in subsequent chapters we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the “battle of the great day of God Almighty” (Rev.16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with complete overthrow of earth’s present rulership, is already commenced. The gathering of the armies is plainly visible from the standpoint of God’s Word.” By the way all of those dates were changed in subsequent reprints of the same books from “before 1914 to after 1914” and eventually all of those dates were set aside for other dates as time went on and nothing happened. As I mentioned before the greatest enemy of a false prophet is time. That is clearly seen with the Watchtower organization and their claim to be God’s prophet for this day. My eyes were now open to the clear teachings of the Watchtower Org. Russell was the architect and founder of this organization and much of what he wrote and stood for is still believed today. The Watchtower is in a constant flux, they have to be in order to be able to cover over their false teachings.
More to come