Did You Know?

Did You Know? (Russell v. Rutherford)

…Russell and Rutherford disagreed on the Pyramid teaching?

Charles Taze Russell was famed for teaching that Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza was “inspired by Jehovah God.” He wrote about it extensively and used the Pyramid’s measurements as a guide for much of his “end times” chronology described with great detail in his Studies in the Scriptures volumes.[foot]Studies in the Scriptures, Volume III, Thy Kingdom Come, page 362[/foot]

“Pastor” Russell died in 1916. Just twelve years later his successor, “Judge” Joseph F. Rutherford, took a totally opposite position, crediting the Great Pyramid to Satan the Devil. He actually described the Pyramid as being “Satan’s Bible.”[foot]The Watchtower, November 15, 1928, p.344[/foot]

Decades later there are many “end times” Bible Students who still believe that the Pyramid will play a major part in determining when the world political systems will be destroyed. Long after his death, Charles T. Russell continues to have followers who study and still believe in his books. On the other hand, Rutherford and his writings have faded into obscurity and have no influence or credibility – not even for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Great Pyramid of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza

16 replies on “Did You Know? (Russell v. Rutherford)”

Yes. I’m a Bibke Student and we have a historian that said he got rid of the Great Pyramid because it didn’t agree with Rutherfords 1918 date. We still believe the Pyramid. Fascinating study.

I am quite disturbed St the fsct they Jesus teaching about everlasting life on earth I’d not mentioned at all Barbara.. The resurrection he performed and do many other miracles with words of everlasting life..
I Smedle not returning to jws for many reasons, with the big one and choking one of sexual abuses, while I will always have to hear them criticise other religions, for not applying the scriptures,yet forget an important one of remove the wicked amongst yourselves, and so much more.. Wendi not need a religion; it is denying the most high in his ability to protect anyone he wishes.. No buildings will be protecting on his day.. The one “supposedly” who says they r the ones,May b as mentioned in the scriptures blind.. For somewhere it says: -“..who is blind but my servant whom I send..”
Anyway references to the righteous living in the earth was Jesus teaching, and in our distress and trauma we nneed to remember Jesus ,his redemption and teaching, my heart cannot go forgetting this.,
ThAnn you Barbara, for the courage you’ve had to have to expose this truth..

Thanks for this information.

If Jesus cleansed the temple in 1919, why did he wait until 1928 to correct a false teaching?

Answer me this why is it that church teaches the exact opposite of what the Bible does? like the sabbath being Sunday when it’s Saturday? How about the holidays like Christmas? And the word Jehovah je means god and hovah means wicked one ruiner tempter?

Slight correction needed. Comparing Strong’s 1933, 1934, 1942 and 1943, it is the latter two that suggest destruction or calamity. The first means ‘to be, or become,” and #1934 is the Aramaic/Syriac form of the same word. ‘Y’ prefixed to it is 3rd person singular; so “He will become” or “Future Being” is a good name for the One who is the hope of Eternal Life,” is it not?

The title of the article is misleading.
Judge Rutherford never in his life would have opposed Pastor Russell about the Pyramid or anything else.
He waited for “the old man” to die and then began his mischief.

“He wrote about it extensively and used the Pyramid’s measurements as a guide for much of his “end times” chronology”

“Decades later there are many “end times” Bible Students who still believe that the Pyramid will play a major part in determining when the world political systems will be destroyed.”

Both sentences are wrong. Russell never used the Pyramid as a guide for his chronology. His chronology is entirely based on the Bible (see Studies in the Scriptures, Volume II, “The Time is at Hand”.
Russell first was convinced that this chronology, which he learned from John Nelson Barbour, is correct because of the strong biblical evidences. Some years later he recognized, that the Pyramid confimrs this chronology.

Today, no true Bible Student is determining the destruction of the political system with help of the Pyramid.

Not Entirely True – JF Rutherford & CT Russel are still held in high regard and have been glorified in various JW videos and literature. And Rutherford’s teaching haven’t all exactly faded into obscurity. Current JW doctrine and the current GB are still beholden to believing they were annointed in 1919; that 1914 was the beginning of the Last Days and Invisible Reign of Christ; (even though all his prophecies have failed) and the anti beard stance, all of which were started by Rutherford.

Many of their teachings have proved to be wrong, not that we are to forget the meaning of the teaching, yet there needed to have apologies for the many wrong of those teaching the Presence, the start of the heavenly kingdom,
what about the 2 witnesses for whom both of these men took the responsibility that they would apply to them, do you have any updates to this day, and who are the 2 witnesses of revelation?

More to the point though is that Rutherford became “the boss” after Russel died in 1916 so from 1916 through to 1928, Rutherford himself admits [although JW’s would disagree] that he himself was misled by Satan.

It well may be true in such a time as this, these things are being made known regarding how these doctrines came to be part of their theology as he or they begain to teach it.

So as we have come to see many events that have come to pass in our time; It seems they would have us see that they found how such a time as these was set in times past, which they have now bright to light.

This I think they would have us belive.

C. Piazzi Smyth in England (and Egypt) published “Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid” (1880). (He was not associated with Bible Students.) Dr. John Edgar, his brother Morton and sister Minna, in Scotland, picked up on the thoughts and introduced them to Pastor C.T. Russell, who later added a chapter on it at the end of S.S. Vol. 3. By the late 1920s (John having died about 1910), Morton Edgar had parted company with the JFR WT, and then JFR repudiated any Godly thoughts on the Great Pyramid.

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