Monday, July 14, 2008

Thy Kingdom Come. Vol. 3, Studies In The Scriptures

In 1897, Russell expressed the importance of pyramidology in Volume 3 of his Studies in the Scriptures books "Thy Kingdom Come". Russell taught that the Great Pyramid was the "Divine Plan of the Ages in Stone". After personally measuring various chambers and passageways within the Pyramid, Russell considered relationships of involved combinations of numbers as being particularly significant. He felt that these numbers were included in the Pyramid's dimensions revealing God's plan for the world's salvation.
In the 1889 edition of "Thy Kingdom Come", Russell taught that the Great Pyramid proves that the world 's greatest trouble was due to begin in 1874:
"Thy Kingdom Come". 1891. pg.342
"Thy Kingdom Come". 1889. pg.342
Russell measuring The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid of Giza
"Thy Kingdom Come" Vol.3 Studies in the Scriptures.
"The Harp of God" 1921. pg.235
"The Harp of God"
In the 1920's, (after Russell's death) the Watchtower magazine continued to teach that the Great Pyramid was God's Stone Witness. "The Great Pyramid of Egypt, standing as a silent and inanimate witness of the Lord, is a messenger; and its testimony speaks with great eloquence concerning the divine plan." (The Watchtower. 5/15/25.pg148). However, in the efforts to deviate from Russell's teachings and gain more recruits, Joseph Rutherford (second President of the Watchtower) completely rejected Russell's views on the Great Pyramid. Rutherford changed this occultic teaching regarding the Pyramid: "It is more reasonable to conclude that the great pyramid of Gizeh, as well as the other pyramids thereabout, also the sphinx, were built by the rulers of Egypt and under the direction of Satan the Devil....Then Satan put his knowledge in dead stone, which may be called Satan's Bible, and not God's stone witness..." (The Watchtower11/15/28. pgs.341-344 ) So, does this mean for nearly fifty years that Jehovah himself allowed Satanic teachings to saturate Watchtower literature that claimed to be through Him?
Although this information is concealed by the Watchtower Society, the facts prove that the year 1914 is just one of Russell's falsely predicted dates identified by the measurements from the Great Pyramid of Giza. Pyramidology is an occult practice used to conclude prophetic years by measuring the Pyramids. Charles Taze Russell (founding father of the Watchtower's theological error) came to accept this occult practice and was inspired to travel to Egypt and measure the Great Pyramid. Russell believed that this Pyramid contained many interesting geometric and mathematical properties. A key element in the study of pyramidology is the Pyramid inch. One Pyramid inch is equal to one prophetic year. Russell believed the Pyramid to be "God's Stone Witness".
After Russell's death in 1916, The Watchtower Society published "The Harp of God" a book which includes an explanation of Christ's return. Apparently there is a difference between the "time of the end" and the "presence of the Lord". This publication states that the year 1799 marked "the time of the end" and 1874 marked the time of the "Lord's second presence".
So, which year did Christ's invisible return take place? Which year was the "beginning of the end", 1799 or 1874? Which year was Armageddon going to occur, in 1914 or 1915? Does the Watchtower Society currently teach that all of these events took place within the same year? Is that year 1914? Or is 1914 the beginning of the "time of trouble"? With all this confusion, it is no wonder why the Society was forced to randomly pick one of these dates to settle confusion and continue their illogical teachings. In the attempts to deviate from the occultic origins regarding the 1914 doctrine, the Watchtower Society was forced to fabricate evidence that 1914 was the year in which Jesus returned invisibly. Although Russell concluded the date 1914 through the measuring of the Pyramids, the Watchtower Society ran with it because it was timely, and the more they could convince people that Armageddon was near the more money they could make. Jehovah's Witnesses believe the historical events that took place in the year 1914 establish that this was still the date that Jesus returned invisibly. Not knowing the real history of the Watchtower, Jehovah's Witnesses rest their entire belief system upon the invisible.
In the 1891 revision of this same publication, Russell taught that the Pyramid measurements conclude that this time of trouble was due to begin in 1915. The actual measurements are 3384.904 inches. Russell was incorrect in his measurements by 31 inches, then he was off by 72 inches.
"The Time is at Hand".1889.pgs.99,101.
"The Time is at Hand"1889 revision.pgs.99,101.
In this publication, Russell boldly states that it is "established truth" that the Kingdom of God will be fully established at the end of 1914.
In the revision of the same publication, Russell states that it is "established truth" that the Kingdom of God will be fully established at the end of 1915. From these two publications the only "established truth" is that Russell's writings were not directed by God.
As we reviewed from an earlier publication (Thy Kingdom Come), the year 1874 marked the beginning of "the time of trouble". However, the publication above states that the year 1874 marked the date of the "Lord's presence". Were we not reminded from the publication above that these two events should be differentiated and that we must not "confuse" them? According to their own teachings, how could these two different events take place in the same year? How could anyone not be confused by this false doctrinal ping-pong?
But what other evidence could they use to support such an urgent doctrine? The Society interprets the "seven times" mentioned in Daniel 4:16 as seven Biblical years (one day = one year. 7 X 360 = 2,520). Contrary to most Biblical scholars, the Watchtower Society teaches that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 B.C., not in 587 B.C. This year was fabricated to suggest that 2,520 (or "seven times"in the book of Daniel) years had past since then to the year 1914. There is nothing in Daniel 4:16 that gives evidence of the Messianic Kingdom as the Watchtower Society claims. This fabricated or "make believe" evidence is how the Society supports the doctrine of 1914, completely alleviating any evidence to the fact that this date was concluded by Russell in his measurements from the Great Pyramid of Giza. Now that we have established the shaky 1914 doctrine and its occult history, let's continue to learn about the "generation" spoken of in reference to this date.
For many years the Society referred to the generation as those who were alive with understanding in 1914. Therefore, Jehovah's Witnesses believed Jesus was not referring to babies born in 1914, but only to those old enough to understand his invisible return.
"You Can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth" pg.154
In the 1990's, the Society was running into some major doctrinal problems regarding 1914. In the efforts to keep followers, the urgency of Armageddon had to remain eminent, but they also realized that all of those from the 1914 generation were dying off. The Society then generalized the definition of "generation" to all who recognize that Christ returned invisibly and that the beginning of the end began in 1914.
"The Watchtower". 11/1/95. pg 19
What exactly is this "generation" the Watchtower Society referred to for so many years? Although there have been major adjustments in recent years regarding this teaching, it is obvious the Watchtower Society has only utilized it to maintain the urgency of Armageddon. The Society ran with the idea that Jesus reference of the "generation" in Matthew 24:34 was regarding any who came from the generation of 1914. It was easy for Jehovah's Witnesses to accept this because for so many years nearly every Watchtower article and publication spoke of this pivotal date and the generation that goes along with it. The urgency of this fabricated doctrine obviously worked to recruit and retain members and their financial contributions.
So, let's clear this up.
Through Charles Taze Russell's doctrinal ping-pong, Armageddon was supposed to occur in the year 1874, later changing the date to 1914.
When 1914 came and went, Russell referred to 1914 as the "beginning of the time of trouble", and Christ's return was now considered invisible.
After Russell's death, the Watchtower Society ran with this date, using the major historical events that had taken place in this year as proof that Russell was correct in his calculations.
The Society referred to this "generation" (Matt.24:34) as those who were teenagers living in 1914 and that they would not pass away before the end comes.
Then the Society added to this "generation" by incorporating all those who were born in 1914; no longer limiting this generation to those who were old enough to understand it.
Then, the Society changed it to all those who at least understand that Jesus came invisibly in 1914.
Next, the Society will never refer to this generation ever again.
The Creator's promise that the new world will arrive before this 1914 generation passes away:
The Creator's promise that the new world will replace the present wicked system of things:
However, in the 1980's the Watchtower Society realized most from that 1914 generation were dying off. The Society then altered the doctrine and the generation, now referring to anyone who was living or born in the year 1914. With the addition of babies born in the year 1914, the Society gained another decade or so with this ever changing doctrine.
"You can Live Forever in Paradise on Earth" pg.154
Awake! Old masthead. Ended 10/22/
Awake! New masthead. Started 11/8/
The Watchtower magazines from 1984.
The flip-flop history and occult background of the 1914 doctrine should verify that this information was not "proper food" from Jehovah God. With confusing reinterpretations of Christ's second return and the "beginning of the end", it would be completely logical to say that the very foundation of Jehovah's Witnesses teachings are based on theological errors, not the word of God. The Watchtower Society's unclear teachings originate with a flickering bulb of false and shaky doctrines.
For many years Jehovah's Witnesses recognized that it was the Creator's promise to bring a new world before the generation of 1914 passed away. Because of the firm grasp from the Watchtower Society, Jehovah's Witnesses cannot see that God Himself would never allow this to be the understanding then entirely change it to something else. This is not progressive understanding from God, it is a deliberate alteration of doctrine created by the Watchtower Society to keep members and their financial contributions. Although most Jehovah's Witnesses went along with this doctrinal change, thousands left knowing that the Watchtower Society (like all other religious cults) claim to be God's chosen organization when they are not. What urgent Armageddon doctrine will the Society come up with next to keep loyal followers and their financial contributions?© 2008.


grissom6471 said...

Why write about Russell books?
Why not write about the 2008 Convention? Get more up to date?

Man, you are behind the times.
Eat any lead paint lately?

kimmy jo said...

Isn't it true that JWs encourage those they meet or conduct a home bible study with to check their current religions teachings and source of those teachings(history) and be sure they are in agreement with the bible? So, why don't you consider doing the same. Look at the past, don't be afraid, you just may see that the foundation of the Jehovah Witness is not based on the bible at all. Like all the other religions out there, the Jehovah's Witnesses began with one man and it wasn't Jesus. Don't be a hypocrite, look at the religions teachings, past and present, you might see the BS is no different than the religions that you condemn.
That is what got me out after 15 years of faithful service, the truth about the "truth"!
I have not seen any scripture that mentions Jehovah would set up an organization using a worldly model(corporate; complete with legal defense for the pedophiles defense). HA! Oh, forgot it started as a publishing company making lots of money.
The simple act of using God's name as loosely as they(JWs) do when even Jesus found it too sacred to utter is strange and disgusting in itself.
It is the heart God reads. Ones heart condition says everything about his values, morals, choices, character which is who that person is and no organization can patently approve a person for God. Just because your organization uses God's name does not mean he approves of any of it. God does not belong to the JWs.

Ronde said...

You know, as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, I check and checked my religious teaches and the reasoning behind them with the Bible.

I have done that and found the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses to be sound.

What was said by Russell and that which this person finds fault with, does not change what I find to be sound Biblical teachings.

I have looked at these past things and I find it irrelevant to the above paragraph.

I have also examined much and see that those who have left do not have the proper understanding. That is evidenced by this statement:
"I have not seen any scripture that mentions Jehovah would set up an organization using a worldly model(corporate;)."

Corporate organization? To what are you referring? The Watchtower Society?

Well, they did not have corporations back then. But the Watchtower Society as a corporation is not related to Jehovah's Witnesses other than those who work there.

But they did have congregations back then and those in those congregations functioned as a whole unit. Today there are 7 million Jehovah's Witnesses functioning as one congregation or organization shows that we have the truth in this congregation.

kimmy jo said...

You mean you checked the teachings of the Watchtower with the bible. You continued on to say the Watchtower is NOT related to Jehovah witnesses!!! What??
That is the source, the faithful and discreet slave, the guide, the light source, the interpretation of the scriptures according to them, the life blood of every meeting, the source of every book....Don't forget that corporate meeting they hold in the congregation every year, the one required by law, to vote in the secretary and cong. overseer.
The Mormons were created the same time JWs were, they also have their own books and use them to teach bible truth, they also began with one man and they don't disrespect him. Why do you disrespect your beginnings??? Are the men and their teachings bazaar and not scriptural??? So, you deny them and so does the organization, and maybe they will go away. Sorry, but the history of the begining of your religion is very RELAVANT, don't be mislead. DO your research.
The 7 million does not verify your approval with the true God, that number is small in comparison with other Christ based religions. The size of the group is unimportant.
Don't forget, God is a reader of hearts. Last time I checked it did not matter to him how many field service hours you had or if you are in the minisry school and giving perfect talks or not forsaking the many meetings and conventions(thank goodness thats all changing to lessen the burden. God reads hearts and NO ONE PERSON or ORGANIZATION owns him, as your religion claims to be the only one to have his blessing.

Ronde said...

Kimmy jo:

I said "I check and checked my religious teaches and the reasoning behind them with the Bible."

The teachings of the Watchtower Society does agree with the Bible.

There are 7 million JWs. But only a few thousand that work at the Watchtower.

All of those 7 million understand the Bible for what it says regardless of any source you claim.

God reads the heart. But those that are against JWs prove that they do not have good hearts or they would be worshipping Jehovah with us, not against us.

You stated "as your religion claims to be the only one to have his blessing."

So you are saying that other religions are not saying that they have God's blessing, or are the only ones? That means that they do not have confidence in what they say. What good are they?

That is just the way it is. What possible benefit to anyone would there be in being in another religion but the true one?

kimmy jo said...

REread what I've written and then LISTEN to your doubting concious.
Stop skirting by the facts.
Face it as it is...the facts about the religion you call the truth will make you think twice, or at least they have raised some doubts.
You do not make sense in your defense.

Ronde said...

Kimmy Jo:

I will just take what you just wrote.

"REread what I've written and then LISTEN to your doubting concious."

Doubting conscience?

What does that mean?

"Stop skirting by the facts."
Face it as it is...the facts about the religion you call the truth will make you think twice,"

And what facts are those? That you can find fault with what people have written in the past?

I would expect you to. Of course people can find fault. Where does the idea come from that there is no faults, or rather that there are no faults in the past writings?

That amazes me. What if we adhered to what Russell had written? As if he defined everything for us? There are some who still do that. Russellites.

We are not Russellites or any ites.
That is why I like the fact that things change. It means that we are constantly looking at things fresh and new.

But you say that if we can't get it right the first time, then how can it be the true religion?

Well, news flash. The religion of truth is not about what is printed. Never has been, never will be.

Back at Sinai, a pseudo-truth was given to Moses. He made the tabernacle. That showed them a model of their worship. That was flawed in that the bulls and goats was not sufficient. But Jehovah gave them the plans directly.

In the Christian system, Jesus is the temple, the priest, the sacrifice, etc. That is the true religion. Not books and magazine.

The books and magazines try to explain those things like Paul's letters did.

The "New Testament" is not a religion either. It is a historical record of Jesus and the apostles and letters of instruction and encouragement.
They just furthered the teachings of the kingdom.

Those are the facts, the only facts, about the true religion that matter.

In the 20th century people who believe and understand that, want to teach others that kingdom. To do they they form congregations and the congregations as a whole, they call Jehovah's organization. This is not a religion itself, as the religion is the worship of Jehovah God. The congregation is the means of preaching and teaching and staying faithful.

Thus all that is written about the Watchtower and its past is not relevant to the religion - the worship of Jehovah - of Jehovah's Witnesses.

kimmy jo said...

You are truly stuck in the Watchtower society of Jehovah's Witnesses. Such a discombobulating vortex.
Stop separating yourself as one of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Watchtower, it can not be done anymore than the Mormon's can separate themselves from the Book of Mormon.
Are you not accepting the information from the faithful and discreet slave? You know, the chosen ones sending messages to the special ones at the Watchtower printing facility which in turn will translate it to be printed in the magazine for you to study, read and follow WITHOUT QUESTION. Are you arguing this?

Ronde said...

Kimmy Jo:

What ever does this mean "the Watchtower society of Jehovah's Witnesses". I have never heard of such a thing.

"Such a discombobulating vortex.".

Well, if that is your way of conversation, intelligent conversation, well....

"Stop separating yourself as one of Jehovah's Witnesses from the Watchtower"

The Watchtower the magazine or the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society?

The Watchtower is a magazine. That is only one means of teaching that JWs use. There are many others. The fact that you limit your teachings about JWs to only the Watchtower magazine shows that you are lacking greatly in your knowledge and understanding of Jehovah's Witnesses.

"Are you not accepting the information from the faithful and discreet slave?"

I don't believe that it is necessary. That phrase is used waaayyy too much to where it is overused. The governing body is merely the overseers of the worldwide congregation. Just as local congregations have overseers, the worldwide congregation has the GB to oversee it. That is proper.

"You know, the chosen ones sending messages to the special ones at the Watchtower printing facility which in turn will translate it to be printed in the magazine for you to study, read and follow WITHOUT QUESTION."

I have no idea what you are talking about. What are these "chosen ones" and "special ones"?

As I said, JWs are much more than just the magazine the Watchtower.

And we do not read and follow it without question. Since it is published for the worldwide congregation, it is published for the congregation as a whole, not for each individual.

But what the Watchtower teaches is good.

kimmy jo said...

You contradict yourself entirely to much and spend to much time taking things out of the context in which they were written.
You are not a very "good" JW or you would not be subjecting yourself to the material written on this site, stuff the Watchtower calls "apostate".
I know for a fact you are still searching for truth because the Watchtower raises doubts in your heart and you are on sites like this to find TRUTH about the "truth" in which you have committed yourself.
It is YOUR PRIDE that keeps you staying in the org.. It would be embarrassing to say you made a serious mistake in becoming a JW. All I have to say goes for you too, grissom6471.

Ronde said...

Kimmy Jo:

"You contradict yourself entirely to much and spend to much time taking things out of the context in which they were written."

Sigh. What is this supposed to mean?
If you meant any of that, why didn't you explain it?

And as for the rest of what you wrote...

I don't have doubts. Sites like this keep me pumped and keep me active and out there. I have found the truth and setting people straight who lie about it and criticize it is good exercise of the faith.

I know the kind of spin that this site puts on things.

As for what you said about"the material written on this site, stuff the Watchtower calls "apostate"', well I don't go by what the Watchtower says because it was written for 7 million plus people and not for each person individually. So what they wrote does not apply to me as it would to someone else.

kimmy jo said...

Hey ronde,
I would like you to repeat this to the elders in your congregation!!!!

"As for what you said about"the material written on this site, stuff the Watchtower calls "apostate"', well I don't go by what the Watchtower says because it was written for 7 million plus people and not for each person individually. So what they wrote does not apply to me as it would to someone else."

I think it would be funny.....!