Sunday, August 26, 2012

Strange Prophecy of Jehovah's Witnesses & the Giza Pyramid

Another blogger has posted a lot of misleading information about Charles Taze Russell as related to Russell's Biblical study of what he believed to be "God's Stone Witness in Egypt". Much of what is stated in the blog appears to have been copied from other sources, so the author may not have been actually aware that what he has presented misrepresents the truth.

(1) It is falsely claimed that Charles Taze Russell is the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Those who are truly familiar with Russell's works know that Russell did believe in such an organization as the Jehovah's Witnesses; in fact, he preached against the idea of any central authority other than Jesus and the apostles and he preached against the idea that any outward organization has any scriptural claim to be the true church. Please note that the owner of this site is not with the Jehovah's Witnesses, nor does he seek to defend that organization.

Russell - Founder of the JWs?

(2) The statement is made that Russell used the Great Pyramid of Giza for making Biblical prophetic predictions. This statement is misleading in that Russell did not use the Great Pyramid as the source of his conclusions, but rather he used the Bible itself.

Charles Taze Russell - "Prophet?"
Russell and the Great Pyramid

(3) It is claimed that Russell's study of the Great Pyramid sounds like the occultic new age type of thinking. This is misleading, since Russell's Biblical study of prophecy has nothing at all do with the Satanic occultism, or Satan's "New Age" ideas, except that, as Russell stated several times, Satan often seeks to imitate truth in order to get people to believe his lies.
See: Charles Taze Russell and the Occult:

(4) It is stated that the use of pyramids for prophecy is unBiblical. As stated, we agree, and I am sure that Russell would have agreed with that statement -- as it is stated -- also. However, the intent of the statement is misleading regarding at three points: (a) the reference to "pyramids" (plural) does not apply to Russell, since his interest was only in one pyramid he believed to be God's witness in Egypt; (b) the phrase "for prophecy" does not apply to Russell since he did not look to the Great Pyramid itself "for prophecy", but as corroboration of Bible prophecy; (c) the statement "is unBiblical" would seem to designate Russell's study of the Great Pyramid as being "unBiblical"; I do not believe that study of God's witness in Egypt to be "unBiblical", since such study corroborates and confirms the Bible itself as being God's revelation to man.
The Great Pyramid and the Bible

(5) A picture is presented of Rutherford's pyramid monument with caption "Pyramid/Grave of C.T. Russell of the Jehovah Witnesses". There are three things that misrepresented in that one statement: (a) The pyarmd monument shown was not built by Russell, but Rutherford had it constructed several years after Russell died. (b) Rutherford's pyramid monument is not Russell's grave. (c) Russell was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses organizaton.
Russell's Grave

(6) The statement is made that Russell brought in influences from eastern mysticism into Christianity. In actuality, the only "eastern mysticism" that Russell believed in was the mysteries of the Bible, which is an "eastern" -- not a "western" book. Russell did not believe in, and did not teach, the "eastern mysticism" of heathen religions. The thought, however, suggests that the study of God's witness in Egypt, and how it corroborates the Bible is in some way connected to heathen religious mysticism, which it is not. The thought also suggests that Russell was the one who introduced the Biblical study of the Great Pyramid into Christianity. He was not; there were many Christians before him who had concluded that the Great Pyramid is God's witness in Egypt. Russell did not introduce that idea into Christianity, since it had already been introduced into Christianity by others who had come before him.

The title suggests that it is strange to study God's witness in Egypt; it is indeed "strange" to those who have not actually studied the matter, and especially to those who have their minds made up to be against such a study. Nevertheless, does not the Bible itself speak of how Ephraim considered God's laws to be strange. (Hosea 8:12) Indeed, many Christians, having highly influence doctrines of men and modern thought, might find much that is in Bible to be "strange".

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Did CT Russell Claim That The Christian God is the Devil?

The claim is being made that Russell said that the Christian, or Biblical, God is the devil. This idea appears to have been started by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, in their book: "The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses". One site states:

Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and a former President of the Society, even referred to the Christian concept of God as, “the devil himself.” The God of the Watchtower is not the biblical God and is therefore not capable of saving people from their sins.
First, Russell was never associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses organization. Russell did not believe in such an authoritarian organization, and preached against the idea that any "outward organization" can legitimately claim to be "the true church." Furthermore, Russell preached against the kind of Armageddon message that is preached by the Jehovah's Witnesses. Russell should certainly not be viewed as the founder of that which he preached against.

Nor did Russell ever refer to the Biblical, Christian, concept of God -- the God and Father of our Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3) -- as, "the devil himself." One cannot find any such reference anywhere in the works of Russell. Ankerberg and Weldon cite, not what was written by Russell, but the book, The Finished Mystery, which was not written by Russell, and then takes the reference out of context of what is being said to make it appear that it was saying that the Christian God is the devil himself. On another site, we have examined Ankerberg and Weldon's claims, so we will not repeat that examination here.
The Christian God Not Jehovah?
Nevertheless, Charles Taze Russell did not believe in adding the concept of a "triune God" to what God has revealed in the Bible. Russell realized that, from Genesis to Revelation, we never find the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob revealed as being a "triune God", nor such a concept ever revealed in the Bible itself.
Jesus is Not Yahweh (Jehovah)
Is Jesus the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Additionally, Russell realized that the "triune God" concept annuls the fact that through Jesus, the one true God remained just, while justifiing the sinner. (Romans 3:26) If the triune God concept is added to and read into the Bible, not only is it adding to what God has revealed of Himself in the Bible, it would mean that Jesus, being God Almighty in the flesh, rather than condemning sin the flesh (Romans 8:3), actually justified sin the flesh. Why? Because such would prove that no sinless man of flesh could obey God except that he be God in the flesh.
How God’s Son Condemned Sin in the Flesh

The Biblical provision of redemption through Jesus is based on what Paul wrote, that all are condemned in one man; thus only one sinless man would be needed to satisfy God's justice. That one sinless man would pay the wages of sin -- death -- on behalf of Adam and all who are condemned in the one man. -- 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; Romans 5:12-19; 6:23; 1 Timothy 2:5,6.
Basis For Atonement
Did Jesus Have to be Both God and Man?
Did Jesus Neeed to be Uncreated to Pay for the Sin of the World?
Jesus' Sacrifice for Sin
The Price of Redemption – God or Man?

Add to this that man's self-appointed "orthodoxy" claims that Jesus is still a human being in the flesh to this day. If this is true, then Jesus either never completed his sacrifice for sin, or else he took back that sacrifice for sin; either way, the provision of salvation through Jesus would be annulled.

Jesus Died a Human Being – Raised a Spirit Being
Raised in the Spirit
The Man Jesus — Still a Man?
Jesus’ Appearances in the Locked Room

See also:
The (Alleged) Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses