Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Russell's Alleged "Pyramid Scheme"

By Ronald R. Day, Sr.

I have been given the following link to examine. The thought evidently is that  this is supposed to "expose" something bad of Russell regarding the Great Pyramid:
https://eacanada.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/charles-taze-russells-great-pyramid-scheme/

The author evidently actually believes what he is written to be true, but in actuality, many incorrect statements are given.

The author makes the mistake many often make of saying that Charles Taze Russell was the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Anyone who is truly familiar with the works of Russell would know that he never advocated such an organization. He actually preached against such an organization, and he also preached against the kind of message that the Jehovah's Witnesses present. He was definitely not the founder of that in which he did not believe, and which he preached against. For more with documentation related to Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses:
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/p/jws.html

Russell's book, Thy Kingdom Come, as well all his other works, were never designed for an organization such as the Jehovah's Witnesses. Any claims made by the leadership of that organization to the effect that Thy Kingdom Come is a book published by their organization is actually false. As far as Russell was concerned, there was no such organization associated with the Watch Tower Society of Russell's day, nor with the International Bible Students of Russell's day. For more information with documentation related to Russell, Organization and Authority:
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/p/authority.html

It is claimed that Charles Taze Russell "was a great enthusiast when it came to the Egyptian pyramids." Actually, Russell had little interest in the "pyramids" (plural) of Egypt. He was definitely interested in anything pertaining to the Bible, and thus he was interested in the study of God's Witness in Egypt, since that Witness corroborates the Bible. This interest, however, pertained to only one of the pyramids of Egypt, that is, the one often referred to as the Great Pyramid. Indeed, the only interest we have found that Russell had in the Egyptian "pyramids" was that of showing the inferiority of the Egyptian pyramids with the one pyramid he believed to be God's Witness in Egypt.

It is stated that Russell "claimed to be able to see divine omens in them and wrote about them in his works." No reference is given as to where Brother Russell wrote about any pyramid in which he saw "divine omens." Nevertheless, we have not found any such claim ever made by Russell. 

Russell's study on God's Witness in Egypt may be found at:
https://www.htdbv8.com/Volume3/V3_10.htm

The article states that the Watchtower Society now views the Great Pyramid as "Satan's Bible." We can say that this was certainly true of Rutherford. Evidently, Rutherford, realizing that he could not make the measurements of the Great Pyramid fit with his new applications of the time prophecies, came up with the idea that the Great Pyramid was of Satan. What Rutherford actually presented, however, would have meant that Satan had knowledge of the Bible before it was written, including having knowledge of the year that Jesus was to die.

It is claimed that one of the strangest "revelations" that Brother Russell (allegedly) received from the Great Pyramid was that of the "end of the world." This is definitely false, since Russell never claimed to have obtained any revelation from the Great Pyramid pertaining to "the end of the world." This evidently has reference to Brother Russell's expectations related to 1914. Neither the date nor Russell's expectations concerning that date came as a result of any "revelation" from the Great Pyramid. The date, 1914, comes from study of Biblical prophecies, not from the Great Pyramid, although the measurements of the Great Pyramid certainly corroborate that date. Russell, however, plainly stated that he was not expecting the end of the world in 1914.

It is stated concerning this: "Unfortunately for C.T. Russell, the prophecy did not come true," As we have shown elsewhere, Russell was not expecting the end of the world in 1914, but, additionally, Russell was not a prophet, and he did not present his expectations as being divinely-inspired prophecies. 

Much ado is made concerning the change that was made regarding the inches of the floor of the lower descending passageway. This we have discussed at https://rlctr.blogspot.com/2017/01/changes-gp.html and we will not repeat this here. We will, however, discuss some of the strange and false statements made regarding those changes.

It is stated that Brother Russell "gets the date for the Great Pyramid wrong. It was actually 2,560 B.C."

What Russell stated:
Prof. Smyth has concluded that the Great Pyramid was built in the year 2170 B.C., reaching this conclusion, first, from astronomical observations. Perceiving that the upward passage angles correspond to a telescope, and that the "Entrance Passage" corresponds to an astronomer's "pointer," he set about to investigate to what particular star it could have pointed at any time in the past. Calculations showed that a Draconis, the dragon-star, had occupied a position in the heavens which looked directly down the entrance, at midnight of the autumnal equinox, B.C. 2170. Then, considering himself as an astronomer at that date, with his pointer fixed upon a Draconis, and considering the ascending passages as though they were a telescope, which they much resemble, he calculated what constellation or what notable star would have been before his telescope thus fixed at the particular date indicated by his pointer, and found that it must have been the Pleiades. So wonderful a coincidence convinced him that the date of the Great Pyramid's building was thus indicated; for a Draconis is no less a symbol of sin and Satan than Pleiades is a symbol of God and the center of the universe. The Great Pyramid thus indicates that its Architect knew of the prevalence of evil and of its domination over the downward course of mankind, and indicates also what lies beyond all human sight—that the only hope for the race is in Jehovah.
This conclusion of Prof. Smyth's as to the date of the Great Pyramid's building, was most abundantly corroborated, later, by certain measurements by which the Great Pyramid indicates its own date of construction.

The entire study may be found at:
http://mostholyfaith.com/Beta/bible/volumes/C10.asp

Paul S. L. Johnson's updated version of Thy Kingdom Come may be found at:
https://www.biblestandard.com/uploads/2/1/4/9/21496142/sits3_-_thy_kingdom_come_[web].pdf 

A reference is given to a Wikipedia article on the Great Pyramid. That article does not give a specific date, but states: "The majority of recent chronological estimates date Khufu and his pyramid roughly between 2700 and 2500 BC." This, of course, ignores completely Biblical chronology and is also based on the generally-accepted theory that the pyramid was constructed by Khufu. Nevertheless, the time given in the Wikipedia article is somebody's estimate, which could or could not be correct. Nevertheless, when the Great Pyramid was constructed is not all that important. It really does not matter when it was made or completed.

What Russell presented regarding his study of the Great Pyramid, I believe, is basically correct, although I believe he did make an error on the measurement of the lower part of the descending passageway. Nevertheless, the evidence that the Great Pyramid is indeed God's Witness is too great for me to ignore. For studies related to the Great Pyramid, see my site: God's Witness in Egypt and its resource page: "Links to Various Sites"

The author of the article asks: "And what does the bible say about all of this?" And then quotes Deuteronomy 18:20-22, without any explanation as to how these verses have any application to Rusell's study of God's Witness in Eygpt. I will present this from the American Standard Version:

Deuteronomy 18:20 - But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die. 
Deuteronomy 18:21 - And if thou say in thy heart, How shall we know the word which Jehovah hath not spoken? 
Deuteronomy 18:22 - when a prophet speaketh in the name of Jehovah, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which Jehovah hath not spoken: the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of him. 

However, nothing is given to connect Deuteronomy 18:20-22 to the comments made in the article, or that shows how these verses are thought to apply to Russell's study of God's Witness in Egypt. Russell, himself, certainly never claimed to be a prophet as described in these verses. In fact, he consistently disclaimed being a prophet, and he consistently disclaimed that his conclusions were divinely-inspired prophecies. He only claimed to be a student of Bible prophecy, and that his applications could be wrong.  For links to our research related to this, see the resource page on "Was Charles Taze Russell a Prophet? A False Prophet?"

The article I am responding to offers no explanation regarding what is to be considered Russell's pyramid "scheme." The word "scheme" itself is not a bad word. Its basic meaning is "a large-scale systematic plan or arrangement for attaining a particular object or putting a particular idea into effect." Russell, of course, did believe that God's divine plan, or scheme, for man as revealed in the Bible is demonstrated in the Great Pyramid. The actual evidence does indicate that this is true. Nevertheless, this "scheme" is not Russell's scheme, but rather it is God's scheme for mankind.

More than likely, however, the word "scheme" is being used to mean, "a secret or underhanded plan; a plot." The meaning is usually applied to some who deceptively seek to persuade or influence others to do or believe something that is not true. The article on the website fails to present Brother Russell as having any such scheme. The article, however, does, in effect, display either ignorance of what Russell's study of God's Witness in Egypt is actually about, or else willfully seeks to deceive people concerning his study of God's Witness in Egypt. I believe, however, that more than likely the author of that article actually has been deceived to think that that Russell was indeed deceptively trying to influence others to believe something that is not true.



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Organized Religion a "Snare and a Racket"


By Ronald R. Day, Sr.

It is being asserted that Russell stated that "religion is a snare and a racket". I cannot say who originated this claim, but it appears on many several sites and and I have seen this stated in at least one discussion group/forum. Here are a few sites that attribute this to Brother Russell:


So far I have not found anyone who quotes (misquotes?) Russell as having said this that provides any proof that he did say this. We have made several digital searches of Brother Russell's works. So far we have not been able to find any place that Russell ever made such a statement, and actually, anyone familiar with Russell's works would know that such a statement would not be in harmony with what Russell believed. An online search of his work for the word "racket" does not reveal any such statement made by Russell. More than likely Russell is being confused with Joseph Rutherford, who had his followers carry signs proclaiming that "religion is a snare and a racket." Russell, however, did believe in one religion: Christianity. He did not believe in setting up a new religion, sect, denomination, etc.

Obviously, those who make such a claim indeed fail to distinguish Brother Russell from Joseph Rutherford. Russell was never a member of, and did not believe in, the "Jehovah's Witnesses" organization. After Russell died, Rutherford -- not Russell -- made the claim that "Religion is a snare and a racket." Brother Russell never claimed such, and, of course, he had no control over what anyone did after he died. The picture above is not a picture of the Bible Students, but rather of the followers of Joseph Rutherford, who took the name "Jehovah's Witnesses."


Did Brother Russell Deny "Eternal Punishment"?

By Ronald R. Day 

It is often claimed that Brother Russell denied the Biblical "doctrine" of eternal punishment. Walter Martin, in his book, "Kingdom of the Cults," (2003 Edition, page 49) claims: "At an early age, he rejected the doctrine of eternal punishment." 

This idea has been repeated over and over. 

On the Oxford Reference site, it is stated concerning Russell: "He came to reject the doctrine of eternal punishment."  

On a Baptist site, we find the statement that in 1870 "Russell forms –Started a Bible Class in Pittsburgh to reject doctrine of eternal punishment." 

On the "Sound Doctrine" site, it is claimed: "The evidence seems to suggest that Russell received from the Adventist his light on the non-existence of eternal punishment." 

We could produce many more similar claims made by authors. 

What did Brother Russell himself say about this? Actually, Brother Russell nowhere denied the Biblical teaching of eternal or everlasting punishment. He did deny that this punishment meant that anyone would be consciously suffering for eternity.

The phrase "eternal punishment" or "everlasting punishment" appears only once in the Bible, and that is in the parable of sheep and goats. (Matthew 25:46) Regarding this Brother Russell stated:

The everlasting punishment, be it remembered, will be administered; but this does not signify everlasting torments, because the punishment for sin is not torment, but death -- everlasting death will therefore be the punishment of the goat class with Satan the great adversary. From this death there will be no redemption, no resurrection, no recovery of any kind. As St. Peter declares, "They shall be like brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed." The everlasting fire is as symbolical, as parabolic, as the sheep and the goats. Fire is a symbol of destruction, and everlasting fire a symbol of everlasting destruction. An everlasting fire is one not quenched, one which burns until it shall have accomplished its purpose of complete destruction. -- "The Judgment Scene Before the Great White Throne," What Pastor Russell Wrote For the Overland Monthly, page 42.

As one should be able to see, he did not deny that there is eternal/everlasting punishment. He did deny that this meant "everlasting torments." Nevertheless, in the minds of many "eternal punishment" is thought to mean "eternal torment." Many have claimed that it means literal torment in literal flames of fires worse than any fire that is found on earth, and that torment is to continue without letup for all eternity. The Bible, however, describes no such idea. Indeed, God's name is denigrated by such teachings. 

In his study, Parable of the Sheep and Goats, Russell stated:

While the Scriptures, as we have shown, do not teach the blasphemous doctrine of everlasting torment, they do most emphatically teach the everlasting punishment of the wicked, the class represented in the parable as "goats." -- Watch Tower, March 1, 1900, page 101.

We could provide many more quotes, but these two demonstrate that Brother Russell was not denying the Biblical eternal/everlasting punishment, but he did not attribute that phrase to mean eternal torment.

Some of our studies related to the above:

Revelation 20:4-15 – Judgment and Lake of Fire

Mankind's Course to the Day of Judgment

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Jehovah's Witness founder Charles Russell , OCCULTIST? (Response)

I am responding to a video on youtube entitled "Jehovah's Witness founder Charles Russell, OCCULTIST?" (posted on the channel "Happily Surviving the Stasi.," that mistakes our blog site as being a "Jehovah's Witnesses defense site." 

The video I am responding to is at:
https://youtu.be/Q4xF4_OsKMw

I am the owner of the Restoration Light sites which are mentioned in the video. My sites are not designed to support the Jehovah's Witnesses. If one takes the time to actually read and comprehend what is being said, one would know that

Evidently, all my comments are being removed as soon as I post them, so I am presenting the comments here and I may later present an edited version of this in a video on Youtube.

I am the owner of the Restoration Light sites which are mentioned in the video. My sites are not designed to support the Jehovah's Witnesses. If one takes the time to actually read and comprehend what is being said, one would know that.

Charles Taze Russell was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. There was no Jehovah's Witnesses "organization" while Russell alive. The earliest "Jehovah's Witnesses" did not exist until after Russell died. On my "Examining the Facts" site, see the links to some of my related research on the resource page "Russell and the JWs."

Charles Taze Russell did not believe in such an organization that Rutherford created after Russell died. On my "Examining the Facts" site, I have links to some of my related research on the "Authority and Organization" resource page.

Charles Taze Russell did not believe in the kind of message that the Jehovah's Witnesses present. 

Charles Taze Russell was definitely not the founder of that in which he did not believe, and which he preached against.

Russell never claimed to be the "Laodicean Messenger." Russell's original gravestone was in keeping with his stated wishes. It was rather plain, and did not have "Laodicean Messenger" inscribed on it. Rutherford, however, had the original gravestone removed, and had it replaced with the one that still exists there to this day. 

There is no evidence in anything Russell wrote that indicates that he had any desire for a pyramid monument to be constructed in the Rosemont Cemetery. It was Rutherford, not Russell, who authorized the construction of that monument. The stated purpose was, not to honor Russell, but the Watch Tower Society. For links to some of my related research and that of others also, on my "Examining the Facts" site, see the resource page "Russell's Gravestone."

The speaker is very hard for me understand, but that may be because I have hearing problems. At any rate, I could not understand what was said about in the video, but did hear what sounded like "illuminati Mr. Russell." I am not sure what was said before. Russell, of course, had nothing at all to do with any organization called the "Illuminati," nor does Rutherford's pyramid monument have anything to do with such.

Charles Taze Russell never claimed to not believe in the cross. Rutherford evidently wanted his "Jehonadab" followers to not use the cross and crown symbol, thus he adopted the idea that Jesus did not die on a cross, and that the "cross" was a pagan symbol. There is, however, actually nothing wrong with Russell's usage of the Biblical cross and crown imagery. On my Russell site, one can find links to some of related research on the "Cross and Crown" resource page

I could not understand exactly what was said, but did catch "end of the world, "dates," and "Armageddon." Russell's was not predicting the end of the world for 1914 (or any other date). His view of "Armageddon" was totally different from that of the Jehovah's Witnesses. From 1904 onward, Russell was expecting the "time of trouble" to begin in 1914. He died in 1916, still with the belief that the time of trouble had begun in 1914. I also believe that the time of trouble did begin in 1914, and that it may last for several more decades before the present heavens and earth pass away. On my site mentioned before, one can find more of my research related Russell, 1914 and many of the false claims being made about Russell and 1914.

I am not sure what was said about hell, but I believe that Brother Russell was basically correct about what the Bible hell is, although I do not agree with every detail of his application of various scriptures. See the resource page, "Hell, Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, Lake of Fire" on my website mentioned.

Again, something is being said about speakers of Hebrew and Greek today. I assume that this is thought to be speakers of the Hebrew and Greek of the Bible? If so, I am not sure what the point is. Nevertheless, no one on earth today actually speaks the Biblical Hebrew or the Biblical Greek. No one on earth today knows for a certainty what either language sounded like. What we have are various theories by which some have given various sounds to ancient Hebrew and Koine Greek, and thus some may be able speak the Biblical Hebrew using sounds based on those theories. There is dispute, however, among the scholars as to the sounds attributed especially to ancient Hebrew and to various Koine Greek characters. 

It appears that Rutherford's pyramid monument is being described as a "very strange grave." Rutherford's pyramid is not a grave, nor tomb, nor a grave marker, etc. No one was buried in or under that pyramid monument. I do not consider the monument strange. I believe everything on or about that monument was in harmony with the Bible, except that it was a rather extreme extravagance which surely cost a lot of money to construct. The monument, however, was often vandalized and the Watch Tower Society often paid for repairs to the monument until just recently. The monument was again vandalized and it thus presented an danger to all who came to see it. Upon considering costs to repair the monument, the WTS decided it would be cheaper to remove it. However, there was definitely no one buried in or under that monument. There was nothing in or on that monument, however, that is has anything to do with what is called often called "the occult." The Biblical cross and crown is not of the occult, not unless you also believe that the Bible itself is of "the occult." There is no cross, however, on Russell's gravestone. The pyramid is not Russell's grave. That pyramid was constructed several years after Russell died, and it was NOT constructed over Russell's grave. -- See my resource page "Great Pyramid" on the website already mentioned.

No court ever accused Brother Russell of perjury. J. J. Ross doctored the court record to make it appear that he lied in court, but the actual court records shows differently. My post on "Ross' Perjury Accusations" is shown but, while I could not understand all that was being said, as best as I could determine, what is stated in that post was not actually examined, but simply scanned to find something to criticize. I recommend that one actually read and comprehend what is being said.

It is totally silly to think that there is a certain way to speak call a Christian "brother" that would mean that such has anything to do with the Masons. I, for one, haven't heard Masons call each other "brother." Russell, of course, was definitely not a member of, or in support of the Freemasons. Anyone truly familiar with his life time of work would know this. Again, I have a resource page with links to my related research: "Russell and the Freemasons."

As best as I could determine, Rutherford's pyramid monument is referred to in the video as Russell's gravestone. Rutherford's pyramid monument is not Russell's gravestone.

Again, I cannot understand what is being said about my "Russell and the True Church" resource page. Sadly, none of the links were clicked on to actually examine the facts of what Russell taught about "the true church." His own words show what and why he believed by scripture. The only church Russell believed in was that which Jesus created through his apostles. 

Russell did not at all create his own Bible.

Russell, however, did reject the doctrine of man and endeavored to simply stay by the Bible itself. He did not create "his own doctrines." Russell, however, was NOT dogmatic about all of his applications of scriptures. Unlike the JW leadership, Russell assumed no authority over fellow believers. Bible Students held various views on various scriptures. The same is still true with Bible Students today. 

Russell, unlike the Jehovah's Witnesses, was definitely not sectarian. He did not preach an organization, a sect, or any kind of message that says, "join us, or you will be eternally doomed." Russell did not teach the kind of shunning practiced by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Nevertheless, Russell did not limit the true church to any sect, denomination, etc.

I could not understand what was said about the Mormons, but Russell, of course, did not believe in the Mormon church. Unlike Joseph Smith, Russell did not claim to be a divinely-inspired prophet. The prophecies that Russell believed in were those of the Bible and he believed that those prophecies are correct even if his conclusions about those prophecies may be in error.

At about 10:25, the sound cut off, so I am not sure what was being said.

By Ronald R. Day, Sr.

I have edited the above and presented it as a video which may be found at:
https://youtu.be/3Ud5SHAOkqU



Saturday, May 15, 2021

Beware of False Reports and False Insinuations

Beware of False Reports

A book entitled Beware of False Religions and Pagan Traditions, presents the following picture with following claims: 

""Below is a photo of where Jehovah's Witness' [sic] founder, Charles Taze Russell, is buried in the Greater Pittsburg Masonic Center Cemetery. As you can see, Satan is behind ALL false religon. Notice the creepy illuminati pyramid ...""


We do not have a copy of the book quoted, and we can only present what is included in pages as given in Google books.

The first false report in the above is that Charles Taze Russell is the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. We should note that Russell was never a member of  the "Jehovah's Witnesses." He preached against such an organization, and he preached against the kind of message that the Jehovah's Witnesses present. He was definitely not the founder of that in which he did not believe, and which he preached against. For links to some our research related to Russell and the Jehovah's Witnesses:
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/2016/12/jws.html

The second false report in the above is insinuation that the pyramid in the picture is "where" Russell was buried, which to many reader's minds would mean that Russell was buried in or under that pyramid. Actually, the pyramid monument is not "where" Russell is buried. The picture given does not actually show Russell's grave. His grave is near that monument, but no one is buried in or under that pyramid monument. A few years after Russell died, Joseph Rutherford authorized this replica of God's Witness in Egypt (Isaiah 19:19) in the middle of the plots then owned by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in the Rosemont Cemetery. For links to some of our research related to Russell's grave:
https://rlctr.blogspot.com/2016/12/p-grave.html

The next false report is related to the claim that Russell is buried in the "Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center Cemetery." Search as one may, one will not find any cemetery in Pittsburgh by such a name. One will find the "Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center" across the street from the Rosemont Cemetery, but there is no connection between that Masonic Center and the Rosemont Cemetery. The Rosemont Cemetery, where Russell is buried, was established in the year 1905. There was no Masonic Center near that cemetery at that time; there was no Masonic Center near that cemetery when Russell was buried there in 1916. Indeed, there was no Masonic Center near the cemetery until the mid-1990s. decades after Russell had died.