John 8:32 ESV “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses have taught for years and in their publications that the origin of things matter. Where a thing comes from or originated is how you can tell whether it is good or bad. Hence why they do not celebrate major Holidays like Christmas, Easter, or even their own birthdays. Yes, I was raised a JW and never celebrated a birthday in my life. I’ve gotten so used to it by now it doesn’t matter. Some things JWs teach about Holidays is true. But this doctrine that the origin of things (everything) matters, does this same principle apply to Jehovah’s Witnesses? In other words when confronted with the origins of their religion do we find a double standard here? In this article I will share a few facts about the origins of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In this article is information that anyone can check out for themselves. Most of the information can be found right in Jehovah’s Witnesses own publications. I heavily encourage you to do your own research. There’s so much more info than what I’m sharing with you here.
First, why is the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Charles Taze Russell) buried under a tombstone that reads, “Pastor Russell,” “The Laodicean Messenger?” I was taught that Jehovah’s Witnesses didn’t believe in any religious titles like, “Pastor,” “Reverend,” “Bishop,” “Pope,” and the like. And yet, “Pastor, Russell” is engraved on the founders tombstone? And the title, “The Laodicean Messenger?” What’s that all about? Let’s let the preface to one of Jehovah’s Witnesses own publications answer that question for us. The book is titled, “The Finished Mystery:”
“The great Master laid special emphasis on the importance of the messenger to the seventh, or Laodicean, period of the Church, saying that such an one would be ‘a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord would make ruler over all His Household, to give them meat in due season.’ “
“Those consecrated Christians who have read and fully appreciated the Truth as contained in the preceding six volumes of STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES [books written by Charles Taze Russell] readily see and agree that Charles Taze Russell was the messenger of the Church of Laodicea. In the mind of every one who believes the Bible the evidence set forth in this volume will establish that fact beyond the question of a doubt.
“… Pastor Russell being the messenger to the Laodicean Church, and occupying the position of the Lord’s special servant to give the Household of Faith meat in due season, it was to be expected that he would bring forth from the Lord’s great “Storehouse” the needed spiritual food for the Church, in harmony with God’s will.
“… The examination of the contents of this book will disclose the fact that it deals with Revelation and Ezekiel; that the Lord long ago caused to be recorded therein, in symbolic language, a history of the Church, particularly the closing earthly experiences thereof; …; and that the earthly creature made prominent therein above all others is the messenger of the Laodicean Church — “that wise and faithful servant” of the Lord — CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL.”
And on page 53 of this book, “The Finished Mystery” it reads:
“The special messenger to the last Age of the Church was Charles T. Russell, born February 16, 1852. He has privately admitted his belief that he was chosen for his great work from before his birth.”
There you have it. It’s easy for me to believe that the early followers of Charles T. Russell once proudly call themselves Russelites as reported. Because as you can see in this book, The Finished Mystery, they were following a man, a man who claimed to be God ‘s special messenger—Pastor Charles Taze Russell. HE ALONE according to the book was Jesus’ special seventh church age Laodicean Messenger. That’s what’s reiterated starting from the preface—before you even get to read the book—throughout the book. Mr. Russell’s job as Jesus’ sole messenger and faithful discreet slave was to dispense spiritual food to the church in this seventh Laodicean church age (they called it). The preface to the book also implies that if you do not agree with this you must not believe the Bible when it says, “Charles Taze Russell was the messenger of the Church of Laodicea. In the mind of every one who believes the Bible the evidence set forth in this volume will establish that fact beyond the question of a doubt.” To this day JWs still use this mind control technique. They make great claims then use scriptures to back them up. If you do not agree with them or their interpretation of the Bible you’re told you must not believe in the Bible.
THE LORD”S SPECIAL MESSENGER?
In 1879 Charles Taze Russell became the publisher of, “Zion’s Watchtower And Herald Of Christ’s Presence.” Today this magazine is still in circulation by Jehovah’s Witnesses known as, “The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.” Listen to a quote made by Pastor Russell in his very first publication of Zion’s Watchtower in July 1879:
“A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God.”
• What is Truth? Zion’s Watch Tower, (July 7, 1879).
Woe! Stop the press!!!! 😳 Jesus said that the Devil is a liar and there is no truth in him:
John 8:44 KJV “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for HE IS A LIAR, and the father of it.”
But what did Pastor Russell say about the Devil? “A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God?” It would take a whole book for me to write everything I’m thinking right now. But let’s listen to what God says about Mr. Russell’s frame of mind:
Isaiah 5:20 NIV “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
When Mr. Russell put’s God’s truth and what Satan presents as truth on the same level he is, ‘putting darkness for light and light for darkness.’ Woe to him the Bible says. Could someone who thinks like this be Jesus’ special, sole, messenger to any Church? Mr. Russell is putting God and the Devil on an equal plain? Those of you who know a thing or two about occultism knew exactly where Mr. Russell was coming from as soon as you read his comment. This belief is found in basically every mystical religion under the sun. Belief that good and evil, light and darkness, God and Satan both can be equally good and true and one is no greater than the other is garbage. A lot of witches believe in this sort of thing too. Hmmmmm Mr. Russell. 🤔
THE YEAR 1914
1914 was a very special year to Charles Taze Russell as were many other dates but we’ll talk only about 1914. Why? Because in his own writings you will see Pastor Russell predicted that 1914 would usher in the end of the world. Yes, the end of all Gentile (or worldly) governments, and the end of all false religions (of course not his). Also in the year 1914 Mr. Russell said that God would FULLY establish His kingdom rule in the earth. Here are some quotes from Pastor Russell’s book he wrote and published in 1891 titled, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“THE “Time of the End,” a period of one hundred and fifteen (115) years, from A. D. 1799 to A. D. 1914, is particularly marked in the scriptures.”
“The parallelism continues to the full end of the harvest of this dispensation—until the overflow of the professedly Christian kingdoms, really “kingdoms of the world,” and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God in the earth at A. D. 1914, the terminus of the Times of the Gentiles.”
“A. D. 1878 to the end of A. D. 1914 is 36 1/2 years. And, with the end of A. D. 1914, what God calls Babylon, and what men call Christendom, will have passed away, as already shown from prophecy.”
“Call to mind that the scriptures showed us that the full end of Gentile power in the world, and of the time of trouble which brings its overthrow, will be in the end of A. D. 1914, and some time before that date the last members of the Church of Christ will have been “changed,” glorified.”
A later edition of Thy Kingdom Come changed the above phrase, “Will be in the end of A. D. 1914,” to, “Will follow the end.” Wonder why they changed that? Hmmmm. 🤔 Other phrases and word changes in the book were made as well. I think it’s obvious why these changes were made. What was predicted by Pastor Russell never happened. What does God’s word say about this sort of thing?
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NET “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the LORD?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”
Here are some more quotes from Charles Taze Russell’s book, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“As correct the testimony from the Great Pyramid, that the last members of the “body” or “bride” of Christ will have been tested and and accepted and will have passed beyond the vail before the close of A. D. 1910.”
The testimony from the great pyramid regarding the body of Christ? 😳 What’s that all about? I didn’t know that the great pyramid had a testimony about Jesus Christ’s body. But Mr. Russell sure believed it did. Here’s more pyramid quotes from his book, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“The four years from 1910 to the end of 1914, indicated thus in the Great Pyramid, will be quite sufficient for the extreme of all that trouble; for when it reaches it’s terrible climax it cannot last long; and “Except those days should be shortened there should no flesh be saved.—Matt. 24;22.”
This time Mr. Russell says that his 1914 end of the world date is, ‘Indicated IN the great Pyramid.’ Something IN the great pyramid made Charles Taze Russell believe that the year 1914 would be the end of the world. He taught this vigorously and misapplied scriptures like Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:22 to prove his point. Here’s another Pyramid quote:
“As we have yet seen, indicate; but this date, 1910, indicated by the Pyramid, seems to harmonize well with the dates furnished by the Bible. It is but four years before the full close of the time of trouble which ends the Gentile times.”
Mr. Russell is saying in his above statements that something IN the Pyramid and in the Bible is in harmony with one another that spells doom (God’s Judgment) for the world in 1914. I had heard in the past that Mr. Russell got his many prophetic dates from the Pyramid of Giza. After reading this yah think? 😳
“THE TESTIMONY FROM THE GREAT PYRAMID”
In his own words Mr. Russell says that the Great Pyramid is telling us something regarding the date 1914; the end of the world. The more I listen to Pastor Russell’s words I just have to ask myself, “Was Mr. Russell an occultist?” Mr. Russell wrote another book titled, “The Divine Plan Of The Ages As Shown In The Great Pyramid.” And guess what’s on the cover? That’s right, a Pyramid. And what looks like an outline of the great pyramid of Giza with the upper king’s chamber and the lower queen’s chamber the whole bit. Mr. Russell sure liked pyramids. Hmmmm 🤔
Believe it or not just a few feet away from Mr. Russell’s tombstone is a pyramid shaped shrine believed to be erected in his honor. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses will argue with you that it’s not. But this too is another thing that a simple Google or YouTube search will reveal. And further investigation shows that one of the inscriptions on the pyramid reads, “Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.” Hmmmm, that’s the corporation Charles Taze Russell started now known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. This name was incorporated in 1896. In 1955 the corporate name of Jehovah’s Witnesses was changed again to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Not much difference in the name change but what are the chances that the founder of an organization has a monument erected with the name of his corporation on it right next to his grave site, shaped like an object he made many favorable references to (a Pyramid), and this monument has nothing at all to do with him? 😳
But wait a minute, the pyramid has a cross on it. I thought Jehovah’s Witnesses didn’t believe in crosses and prohibit their members from wearing them. They call them pagan symbols. And I’ve even heard Witnesses say that crosses are symbols of witchcraft. Yet there is a cross on a pyramid shaped monument just feet away from Mr. Russell’s tombstone? And this is no ordinary cross. This is a cross inside of a crown. In Freemasonry this symbol is known as The Knights Templar. This symbol is inscribed on the Pyramid right above the words, “Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society.” Why is the Knights Templar symbol and, “Watchtower Bible And Tract Society,” both inscribed on a pyramid just feet away from the tombstone of the founder of the Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society? Hmmmm. 🤔 Don’t believe me? Look it up. Just Google or YouTube it.
ZION’S WATCHTOWER MAGAZINE
There are certain copies of the Watchtower magazine JWs will never bring to your door. One reason is many Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t even know they exist. The other is they have the Knights Templar symbol on them in the upper left corner on the cover of the magazine. Yes, the editor of Zion’s Watchtower, Charles Taze Russell, had this and other occult symbols placed on his magazines, his books, etcetera. Look at the Winged Sun Disc below (associated with the Egyptian God Horus, sun worship, and magic) on the cover of Pastor Russell’s book we talked about earlier, The Finished Mystery.
Occult symbols and Pyramids is something Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization was all too familiar with. What can of worms does this open? 🤔 Who really was Mr. Charles Taze Russell? Did he believe in hidden, occult, esoteric knowledge? And are some of these beliefs (though hidden) instilled in Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings today? Hmmmm.
The purpose of this article is not to bash Freemasonry, magic, the occult, esoteric knowledge, etcetera. The intent is when I look at Jehovah’s Witnesses; who they say they are, and when I look at how their religion got started, I see something totally different. And they are the ones who are always bashing other religious organizations! 😳 But when we look into their history there’s one thing that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are 100% right about: ORIGINS DO MATTER!
Is it really surprising though to learn these things? Isn’t it always those who do the most finger pointing that have the biggest problems? Jesus put it this way:
Matthew 7:4-5 ESV “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Here Jesus is saying, ‘How can you help open others eyes when your own eyes haven’t been opened yet,’ Jehovah’s Witnesses? ‘You have a big big log in your own eye.’ It has blinded you from the real truth. Most of you don’t even know what your religion is really all about. The reason I know that is because I too was a JW. I was very active in the religion: a regular pioneer (so was my wife), and a ministerial servant. At age 26 they (the elders) were talking to me about becoming an elder. You know the legal age for elders is 30, but I was told the Society would make an exception for qualified brothers when there is a special need. I had all kinds of duties in the congregation, and thought too that I knew and possessed the truth. Only later to find out I really didn’t know what I had gotten into. The founder of this religion was steeped in occult, witchcraft practices? He was hailed as God’s or Jesus’ sole, special, messenger, but falsely predicted the end of the world in 1914. By God’s definition that makes him a false prophet. He also taught that, “truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God.” (What is Truth? Zion’s Watch Tower, July 7, 1879) That’s a total contradiction of Jesus Christ who says that Satan is a liar and has no truth in him. (John 8:44) MANY of this man’s teachings are still taught in JWs congregations today disguised as teachings from the Bible but are clever twistings of the scriptures.
I remember how exclusive and special being a JW made me feel. Hah hah hah. Until one day God busted my proud bubble and showed me I was wrong. That experience hurt me more than I can right now explain. But I’m so thankful that it happened. So I understand how hard it is to come to grips with the truth about your religion. I understand what it’s like to be shunned by your family members because you left the organization. I remember the fearful thought, “If I leave how will I make it, I don’t know nobody, I’m all alone.” Don’t you see, that’s part of the mind control trick to keep you in there? Fear is a powerful weapon of the Devil.
Those of us who have come out or never were in but know that Jesus is the only truth, the way, and the life (John 14:6) let’s keep praying for those in that religion who are really seeking God. There are some. Upon writing this I am crying for them literally. My only consolation is that those who are really honest hearted, those who are really seeking God and the truth which is Jesus Christ, will see the many follies of this religion and come out.
John 10:27-30 NET “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; NO ONE [not even Watchtower] will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
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