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How are Bible Students governed? The Bible Students are autonomous. Meaning they are self-governing. The ecclesia [congregation] itself elects it’s own officers [i.e. elders, deacons, etc.] and committees [i.e. witness, comfort, convention] to help the class run as smoothly as possible. There are no paid clergy and no collections are taken during the meetings.

How are the services organized? The congregation itself determines what is to be studied, the elected elders [those spiritually mature-minded] conduct the meetings in an orderly fashion.

How is the work financed? The work is financed by voluntary contributions of its members. Bible Students for over one hundred years have prided themselves on the motto: SEATS FREE – NO COLLECTIONS.

Where do Bible Students meet and have their services? Unlike the more established churches, Bible Students meet in individual homes and rented halls, depending on the size of the congregation. We do not own our own church buildings, as this affords us the opportunity to direct our monetary resources in spreading God’s Word.

Do Bible Students preach/witness? And if so, how? Bible Students, individually and congregationally, have the liberty to witness in whatever fashion is suitable to them. We realise that their are many different avenues to witness, what may suit one class or individual, may not suit another. We leave it to each consecrated member and class to determine what best suits their environment. That said, let it be known that we take advantage of every avenue open to us, this would include going door to door, tracting in the neighborhood, public showings, advertisments in newspaper, magazines and billboards, county fairbooths, etc.

What are public showings? Publics showings are shown in rented halls. They can be in the form of a public discourse on a timely Bible topic, or they can be in the form of a movie or slide presentation.

Do Bible Students publish any literature? Yes. The Association as a whole and as individual congregations have published throughout the years volumeously. The six volumes of Studies in the Scriptures by the late Pastor Charles Taze Russell are still republished today. Along with many other older and current writings, reflecting over 100 years of service.

Are there any Bible Student publishing houses? Yes. There are quite a few throughout the United States and Europe. Some have come and gone in recent years. There are also individual congregations and Bible Students who published independent of each other. These publication however are used and distributed by the association worldwide, regardless of who publishes them.

Are there any Bible Student Journals and Magazine in print? Most congregations publish a monthly newsletter, distributed to those they come in contact with through their independent witness work. However there are several journals and newsletters published for the general public and the association.

How many Bible Students are there? Since Bible Students do not take roll-call, that is a difficult question to answer. Bible Students can be seen in all four corners of the earth, some are isolated, and others have abundant association.

Since the congregations are autonomous, are all Bible Students in agreement, doctrinally? Just how closely are the Bible Students in harmony? Do you still hold to the doctrinal teachings as espoused by Charles Taze Russell? To say that all Bible Students think alike would be to undermine the freedom in Christ we share. Most Bible Students accept the teachings as set forth in Pastor Russell’s Studies in the Scriptures as being doctrinally sound and supported by God’s Word. However since Pastor Russell never claimed infallibility, it is safe to say that some of his thoughts are opened to interpretation. However, these interpretations, do not take away from The Divine Plan of the Ages, as espoused by Pastor Russell.

It is safe to say there are those, individually and as publishing houses who have taken liberty with the Plan of Salvation as espoused by Pastor Russell.

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The leaders of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have often taken liberty with God’s Word, inserting themselves into the Scriptures, claiming that they are the literal fulfillment of certain Bible prophecies. While many have taken exception to their claims, we have found at least one verse in which they do fulfill.

The scripture can be found in 1 Timothy 4:1- 3, where it reads:

“However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances and teachings of demons, by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, marked in their conscience as with a branding iron; forbidding to marry, …

You may ask, how does this apply to the Watchtower Society? We find the answer within the Watchtowers history. During World War II, Jehovah’s Witnesses put almost twice as much effort into making converts as they do today. According to the November 1940 Informant, the average hours per month per Jehovah’s Witness was 15.9, today it is much less.  Why is that? Because they felt Armageddon was near.

Witnesses were told that the Bible warned against marriage at this time because it would hinder their witnessing work. Is there proof that the leadership of the Watchtower prohibited Jehovah’s Witnesses from marrying?

Let’s look at the booklet Face the Facts authored by Judge Rutherford in 1938. We read:

“Would it be scripturally proper for them to marry and rear children? No, is the answer, which is supported by the scriptures …. The scriptures fully support the conclusion that the filling of the earth is not due to begin before, but after Armageddon. … It will be far better to be unhampered and without burdens, that they may do the Lord’s will now, as the Lord commands, and also be without hindrance during Armageddon … Those Jonadabs* who now contemplate marriage, it would seem, would do better if they wait a few years, until the fiery storm of Armageddon.” [pages 46,46, 50] [* an early reference to the rank and file Jehovah’s Witnesses]

In that same year The Watchtower magazine had this to say:

“… mark the words of Jesus, which definitely seem to discourage the bearing of children immediately before or during Armageddon … it would therefore appear that there is no reasonable or scriptural injunction to bring children into the world immediately before Armageddon, where we now are.”  [The Watchtower, 1938, p. 324]

Rutherford’s last endeavor to warn against marriage and raising children was found in his last book Children, published in 1941.  in it he admonished the rank and file not to marry, and those already married not to have children.

“Should men and women, both of whom are Jonadabs or “other sheep” of the Lord, now marry before Armageddon and bring forth children? They may choose to do so, but the admonition or advice of the Scriptures appears to be against it.” [Children, page. 311]

The July 17th issue of Time Magazine had this to say in 1950:

“Some Witnesses believe the coming is so imminent that they put off marrying or having children until Armageddon.”

In the 1970s the Watchtower leadership were still warning their followers against raising children before Armageddon.

“Today there is a great crowd of people who are confident that a destruction of even greater magnitude is now imminent. The evidence is that Jesus’ prophecy will shortly have a major fulfillment, upon this entire system of things. This has been a major factor in influencing many couple to decide to not have children at this time. They have chosen to remain childless so that they would be less encumbered to carry out the instructions of Jesus Christ to preach the good news of God’s Kingdom earth wide before the end of this system comes.” [Awake!, November 8, 1974, p. 11]

Here again, we see the deceiving of sincere Jehovah’s Witnesses, causing them to trust in manmade rules, to the point of putting off marriage to please the leadership of the Watchtower Society. The Scriptures do not say to put off marriage before Armageddon. They do however warn us against those who would suggest it.

Trust in the Scriptures!

Christian greetings.

Below is the resignation letter I wrote to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, various congregations and individual Jehovah’s Witnesses on May 27, 1993

Watchtower Bible & Tract Society Brooklyn, New York

My Dear Brethren,

Grace and Peace be with you in His name.

It pains me greatly to have to write you this letter, but, I feel that I must in light of my present circumstances.  My life has changed for the better within the past year despite rumors to the contrary.   My sincere love for you impels me to tell you about it.  It is not a short story, but one I feel needs to be told.

As you well know, it has been over ten years that I have served Jehovah, our Great God, alongside you. I look back on the occasion of my baptism with no regrets.  I did what I believed was the right thing to do based on the knowledge that I had at the time.   I was willing to become an “apostate” to the faith that my parents raised me in.

My reasons for becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was a result of taking in knowledge.  I thank God I never lost my thirst for knowledge.  As many who associated with me know, I have a great love for books.   I have one of the largest collections of Watchtower literature dating back to the 1800s.

Do you know why I made a hobby of collecting this literature?  It was because I wanted to know.  To know, after all, is the root of knowledge.  I also appreciated the heritage that this literature has recorded and represents.  I do not say any of this to boast, but to present my library as a testimony to the fact that I love knowledge.

My faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses made me want to share it with everyone.   Occasionally I would meet persons in the field ministry who would offer objections based on what opposers claimed about the organization.  I wanted to be able to refute these claims,  and what better way is there to do so but to examine them and look for the answers in an unbiased way?  The ‘Truth’ book which I studied before my baptism says on page 13, paragraph 5:

    “We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organizations with which we may be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with God’s Word, or are they based on the traditions of men?  If we are lovers of the truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination.  It should be the sincere desire of every one of us to learn what God’s will is for us, and then do it. John 8:32.”

The “Awake!” magazine of October 22, 1973, says on page 6:

“If you were on trial in a court of law, would it be fair if only your opponent was allowed to present evidence?  No, you would surely want the court to hear your side of the matter …  Reasonable persons agree that the only fair method is to examine the evidence on both sides, both for and against a disputed theory.  That is how one arrives at the truth.”

Finally, the “Watchtower” of August 1, 1978, says on page 12:

“Over the years, representatives of different churches have published many books and brochures for the purpose of “exposing” Jehovah’s Witnesses as heretics … Naturally, we are not afraid of this kind of publicity, because we know that it serves to awaken the curiosity of many honest persons.”

Because of my own experience and having gained my new found faith as a result of impartial investigation, I quickly saw the wisdom in the above statements.  My curiosity was awakened because I am an honest person.  If the Watchtower was not afraid of honest investigation, why in the world should I be?

Some of what I read made my blood boil, because a few of the opposers spoke of Jehovah’s Witnesses as if they were evil, willing tools of the devil.  No amount of convincing could persuade me to believe such thoughts. I knew that I wasn’t like that and that the overwhelming majority of the Witnesses were not like that either.

My research did lead me to one conclusion, and that is that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is not all that they claimed to be.  Since 1919 onward, supposedly when the Lord came to inspect his “Church” and approved of the “Anointed Remnant,” the Society has made false predictions for Armageddon (1925, 1945, 1975, 1999, Prior to 1919, it was 1914, 1918 just to name a few).  They’ve twisted the Scriptures in support of doctrines that are not in harmony with God’s plans and purpose.  They’ve lied and have flip flopped their doctrines.  They’ve ruined lives, separated families, caused divisions, divorces and mental breakdowns.  All under the guise of “new light.”

Do you remember how the “Watchtower” illustrated its progress towards ultimate truth?  In the December 1, 1981 issue of the Watchtower magazine, on page 27 it states:

    “…it may have seemed to some as though that path has not always gone straight forward.  At times explanations given by Jehovah’s visible organization have shown adjustments, seemingly to previous points of view. But this has not actually been the case.  This might be compared to what is known in navigational circles as “tacking”.  By maneuvering the sails the sailors can cause a ship to go from right to left, back and forth, (zigzag?) but all the time making progress toward their destination…”

It most certainly has too have been the case!  How does that illustration hold through in the light of a more recent “Watchtower”, the August 1, 1992 issue?  On page 17, it reads this way:

   “Hence, to run ‘not certainly’ means that to every observer it should be very evident where the runner is heading.  The Anchor Bible renders it, ‘not on a zigzag course.’  If you saw a set of footprints that meanders up and down the beach, circles around now and then, and even goes backward at times, you would hardly think the person was running at all, let alone that he had any idea where he was heading.”

I could not agree more.  I do not think that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society know where they are going and I am not going to risk my precious relationship with God and Christ by following them wherever it is they think their going.  I am not trying to be sarcastic, I’m just stating my feelings as plainly as I can.

What I have shared with you in this letter is merely the shallowest scratch on the surface of the huge number of problems I found with the form of worship I have pursued for over ten years.  There are many, many more and they are not petty complaints.  They are in fact enough to cause me to determine never to “…be confined again in a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

Some will wonder where I will go now for spiritual enlightenment without the organization.  The “Watchtower” of November 15, 1992 says on page 21:

   “We will be impelled to serve Jehovah loyally with his organization if we remember that there is nowhere else to go for life eternal.”

The apostle Peter is then quoted.   Please note that he asked Jesus not, “Lord, to where shall we go away to?”  but, “Lord, to whom shall we go away to?” I have gone to Jesus, there is nowhere else to go.

I thank Almighty God for loving me, for allowing His son to make his unique sacrifice on my behalf and for my wonderful wife.   I thank God for true friends who are “sticking closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)  I thank God that I am free.

I have tearfully debated this subject and I feel that in all honesty to you and myself the only remedy is to disassociate myself from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses at this time.  To remain would be to misrepresent your views and to have you misrepresent my views.  This action, therefore, is not to be understood as a withdrawal from the Church of Christ, whose “names are written in heaven,” but merely a withdrawal from our unauthorized human organization whose names are written on earth.  I will joyfully remember the many happy years we have spent together.

My brothers, I regret to have to say “good-bye”.  Perhaps we will meet again.  If we do, I’m sure that it will be in the Messianic Kingdom.

Faithfully, Yours in Christ,

Rolando Rodriguez

For David is not ascended into the heavens.”—Acts 2:34

The Old Testament Scriptures we accept as of equal authority with the New Testament, because Jesus and the Apostles so accepted them, and indeed based all of their teachings upon them. The false impression which has gone abroad amongst Christian people, that the Old Testament Scriptures are obsolete, that their predictions have all been fulfilled, is very erroneous. This has greatly hindered Bible study, and has paved the way to grievous errors. It should be remembered that the Old Testament represents the only Divine revelation made to man during the 4158 years from the creation to the time when Jesus at His baptism was proclaimed “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”

In all the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi, not a single suggestion is offered of a change of nature from human to spiritual, nor of any other heaven than that which God had originally provided for man—the Garden of Eden. The hopes inspired in Israel by the Divine promises pointed them forward to the time when God’s blessing would obliterate the curse of sin and death and uplift mankind from present degradation, back to the original perfection. The Seed of the woman, it was promised, should ultimately “crush the Serpent’s head,” destroying the evil that is in the world, and establishing a reign of righteousness instead of the reign of sin and death. Messiah, as Emmanuel, would bring these great blessings to Israel; and, through Israel, they would be spread amongst all nations by Divine power. Paradise, lost through disobedience, will be restored by Messiah.

Instead of expecting a change of nature from human to spiritual, the teachings of the Old Testament led the Israelites to expect that God would make no change from His original purpose. He made not the earth to be destroyed by fire nor to be perpetually under the cloud of sin and death (Ecc. 1:4). He formed it to be inhabited by a human race, in His own image and likeness, Adam in his original purity being a sample.

DAVID’S SOUL IN HELL

As the Old Testament tells nothing about a heavenly condition, likewise it tells nothing about a hell of fire or torment. Such devilish theories were invented by the heathen, from whom many Christians have since absorbed more or less of the false doctrines. The Law and the Prophets do refer to hell some sixty-six times, but the hell which they teach is the grave, the tomb, the state of death. From first to last all mankind, both good and bad, go to hell, sheol, the tomb. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets died without giving the slightest intimation of Purgatorial suffering for anybody, or a hell of eternal torture.

The writers of the New Testament were also Jews, and it might here be noted that nowhere did they describe the Hell and Purgatory which we Protestants and Catholics conjured up during the Dark Ages. The New Testament, written in Greek, is in full accord with the Old Testament, written in Hebrew—the sheol of the latter is the hades of the former. Unfortunately our translators have, in the English Bible, mixed things up in a terrible fashion, giving us hell and pit and grave as synonymous interpretations of sheol and hades. “Orthodoxy” made hell fiery and thus our eyes of understanding have been darkened through the machinations of our great Adversary, “the Prince of darkness.”

But all this demoniacal misrepresentation of the Divine character and Plan is soon to be scattered. The morning is at hand; the Prince of Light, the Savior, Messiah and His glorious Church, will soon shine forth as the Sun in the Kingdom of the Father, while Satan will be bound for that thousand years that he may deceive the people no more. “Then all the blind eyes shall be opened and all the deaf ears shall be unstopped,” and “the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall fill the whole earth;” and “to Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, to the glory of God.”

SLEPT WITH HIS FATHERS

All through the Scriptures natural sleep is used as a figure for death, as the present time of the reign of sin is represented as a night time, and the coming reign of Messiah is prophetically described as the morning of a New Day, a New Epoch. “Weeping may endure for a night” wrote David. The night has lasted for six thousand years; the New Day is the seventh-thousand, the Sabbath of the great week. It will be the awakening time, as the six thousand years of the reign of sin and sorrow are the time in which our race has been going down into death—into the deep sleep from which none will come forth except by the call of Messiah.

The penalty of death upon our race would have blotted us out of existence like the brute beasts had not God’s mercy from the beginning made provision for a Redeemer and for His Church and Joint-heir; and for the Messianic Kingdom; and for the resurrection, the awakening of all mankind, through this Kingdom. It was in view of that hope of a resurrection of the dead that believers spoke of their deceased friends as falling asleep.

This expression is used frequently in the New Testament. St. Stephen fell asleep in death; St. Paul, having in mind the great work of Christ on behalf of the world and the eventual awakening of all, declared that believers need not sorrow as others over the death of their friends and neighbors, but might realize that all “sleep in Jesus,” and that eventually God, through Him, will bring to pass the general awakening of the dead, all of whom are yet to be brought to a knowledge of the truth.

Wel quote the Scripture, “Abraham slept with his fathers,” and declare that Abraham’s fathers were heathen. We call attention to the fact that good and bad, kings and princes and others, are, in the Scriptures, declared to have fallen asleep. So it was with David. These all slept in the Bible hell—in the tomb. They are all unconscious; as the Scriptures declare, “The dead know not anything; their sons come to honor and they know it not; they come to dishonor and they perceive it not of them”; “There is neither wisdom nor knowledge nor device in sheol (hell, the grave) whither thou goest”—whither all go (Job 14:21; Ecc. 9:10).

THOU WILT NOT LEAVE MY SOUL IN SHEOL

The Prophet David declared his faith in a resurrection of the dead when he wrote, “Thou wilt not leave My Soul in hell (sheol, the grave), nor suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psa. 16:10). St. Peter (Acts 2:25-31) calls our attention to the fact that the Prophet David did see corruption, and hence that this statement was not in regard to himself but Jesus—that the soul of Jesus was not left in sheol (Greek, hades); and, additionally, the flesh of Jesus was not allowed to corrupt.

St. Peter was pointing out the fulfillment of this prophecy of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day, when he made use of our text, “David is not ascended into the heavens;… his sepulchre is with us unto this day.” St. Peter’s argument is that David was in his sepulchre and was still dead, but that his words were a prophetic reference to Jesus’ resurrection.

Many Christian people repeat every Sunday what is styled the Apostles’ Creed, which declares the crucifixion and death of Jesus and His descent into hell—into hades—and that “God raised Him from the dead on the third day.” All intelligent Christians understand that the hell to which Jesus went was not Purgatory nor a place of eternal suffering, but the grave, sheol, the tomb, the state of death. This is proved to be the Apostle’s thought by the words, “God raised Him from the dead, for it was not possible that He should be holden” of death.

DAVID WILL NOT GO TO HEAVEN

King David will not go to heaven, and he will not desire to go to heaven, for the same reason that a fish has no desire to perch upon the limb of a tree nor a bird to make its home under the water. As these animals have natures distinct and are adapted to the conditions which God has provided, so the nature of man, even when brought to human perfection, will enjoy and appreciate more the earthly blessings which God has provided for him than he would enjoy the heavenly blessings which God has provided for the Elect “little flock”—”the Church of the First-Borns” (Heb. 12:23). The reason for this is plain when we remember the Apostle’s words. He declares, “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, neither can he know (appreciate) them, for they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Only those who have been begotten of the Holy Spirit are enabled to understand the deep things, the spiritual things of the Divine promise, and to rejoice therein as the Apostle explains (1 Cor. 2:9,10).

And even when thus Spirit-begotten and with their affections set on things above, the Lord’s consecrated “little flock” experience difficulty in keeping their affections of the Heavenly things and off of the earthly things, because the latter appeal to them continually through all of their earthly senses. They are therefore exhorted to “look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are unseen,” which “eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the great things which God has in reservation for those that love Him”—love Him more than they love houses or lands, parents or children, or self.

We can plainly see, then, that without this begetting of the Holy Spirit, which belongs, of course, to the servants and handmaidens of God during this Gospel Age, none are able to appreciate the things unseen. And hence the world of mankind in general, brought back to perfection—and all the way back, appreciating human perfection—will be willing not to sacrifice their earthly nature to obtain a heavenly, but will enjoy the earthly, under perfect conditions, in a Paradise restored (Isa. 35; Ezek. 37).

DAVID WAS A PROPHET

On a previous occasion we saw the teaching of the Scriptures to be that the first to be blessed by Messiah’s Kingdom will be the Ancient Worthies—Enoch, Abraham, Moses, David, and the Prophets—and that these will be made Princes in the earth. As one of these Princes, the Prophet David will have a very glorious station. His long career, his “ups and downs,” said the Pastor, show us the lights and shadows of the Prophet’s character more particularly, perhaps, than in the case of any other Bible character. And they show us a noble character, despite David’s human weaknesses and the frailties of his flesh, augmented in power by his kingly office and the misconceptions of kingly prerogatives which prevailed in his day.

The beautiful traits of the character of David on account of which he was declared to be, not a “new creature,” not a “son of God,” not an “heir of God and joint-heir with Messiah,” but “a man after God’s own heart”—these traits were his loyal obedience and his repentance of everything which in any degree was displeasing to God and interrupted the fellowship Divine.

God’s Spirit-begotten children may not, therefore, take the Prophet David or any of the Ancients as their pattern. Only Spirit-begotten ones can serve as examples to the Church. They should walk in the footsteps of Jesus, and may even take the Apostles and other faithful brethren for examples. The Apostle, however, suggests that the Church may look back with profit upon the Worthies of the past, to note their degree of faith in God and their obedience to that faith. St. Paul, however, explicitly reminds us that God has provided some better thing for us—the Church—that the Ancient Worthies, without us (members of the Messiah), cannot be made perfect (Heb. 11:38-40).

JOINT-HEIRSHIP WITH CHRIST THE BETTER THING RESERVED FOR CHRISTIANS

The “better thing” reserved “for us” who are called of Godduring this Gospel Age is the joint-heirship with Christ, Jehovah’s Only-Begotten Son and Heir of all things, the partaking with Him in all His future work for the blessing of God’s intelligent creation. Therefore it is, as the Apostle states, that the reward of the Ancient Worthies tarries until first the overcoming Gospel Church is exalted to the throne with Christ in the dawn of the New Dispensation, now so close at hand. As soon as the spiritual phase of the Kingdom is established in power the setting up of the human phase will begin. In humble recognition, therefore, of the Divine purpose and order in the superior exaltation of the Gospel Church, we repeat the Apostle’s statement that “they (those noble, loyal, righteous, faithful Ancient Worthies) without us shall not be made perfect.”

But as to whether we shall be numbered among the “us” depends upon our successful running of the race set before us. Surely, no less faithfulness and nobility of character can be expected of us than of those who ran for the earthly prize. And since all the blessings of God’s Plan—the exaltation of the Ancient Worthies, the liberation of the whole world from the bondage of sin and death and the final judgment of angels—await the manifestation of the spiritual sons of God, the Gospel Church, therefore the Apostle (chapter 12), in forceful metaphor, points us back to those Ancient worthies as a stimulus for faith and zeal, saying:—

“Therefore also we, being compassed about with so great a cloud of martyrs (Greek marturon—who so nobly witnessed for God and righteousness), let us (emulate them and) lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the (higher, heavenly) race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Jesus, our Ransomer, is also our Forerunner and Pattern in this race. He ran successfully, and, in consequence, is even now at the right hand of the throne of God, whither we also may go to Him.

Jesus’ way to the crown was the way of the shameful cross, and He said, If any man love Me, let him take up his cross daily and follow Me; the servant is not above his Lord, etc. Persecution and shame and grief and loss are our portion in this present world, but exaltation and glory will follow in due time, if we faint not. Therefore we are urged to consider His example and teaching lest we be weary and faint in our minds under the trials of faith, patience and endurance of this “evil day.”

In 1886, The Divine Plan of the Ages, the first volume of the series Studies in the Scriptures was released, in later years five more volumes would be released, some fifteen million copies were distributed during the authors lifetime.

Shortly after the death of C.T. Russell, his books were replaced with the writings of J.F. Rutherford. Rutherford’s books were eventually replaced with books by succeeding leaders. Why were Russell’s books replaced? According to the book “God’s Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached” [WtBTS, 1973, p. 347] Russell’s books were promoting creature worship. Thus the Watchtower Society stated “… in the year 1927 any remaining stocks of the six volumes of Studies in the Scriptures by Russell … were disposed of among the public” [ibid, p. 347]

Is this true? Were Russell’s writings discarded in the year 1927? According to the Watch Tower the Studies in the Scriptures were still being offered to the public as late as November 1929.

“The Society has decided to designate the week beginning November 10 as a special drive week for the sale of Studies in the Scriptures” [Watchtower 11/01/29, p. 322]

The fact that the Society “decided to designate” the sale of the Scripture Studies shows that the remaining stock was not disposed of in 1927. Some may say, the Society made a mistake, they were off by two years, the remaining stock was disposed of in 1929, not 1927.

Again, let us look at the facts … in the paper “Bulletin for Jehovah’s witnesses” published in December 1932, it stated that some 1,646,316 bound books were placed in the hands of the public, and that “… during 1931 over 100,000 Studies in the Scriptures were included in the total …”.

Again, this is 1932, a year after the Watchtower changed the name of their followers to “Jehovah’s witnesses”, the fact that the Society would sell Russell’s books, books which they were no longer in agreement with is a story in itself, but here we are a five year gap between 1927 and 1932, were the researchers of “God Kingdom” simply careless in their research? What do the facts tell us?

In the “Watchtower Cost List” of February 1, 1962, on page 12, under “Other Items” there is listed, the set of Studies in the Scriptures. 35 years after 1927, as late as 1976 in the Society’s “Kingdom Ministry” there is an announcement that “The Battle of Armageddon” Volume 4 of Studies in the Scriptures, was now out of stock. So, were the researchers of the “God’s Kingdom” book, careless or were they trying to hide the truth? No one can know for sure, but there have been other discrepancies in the Society’s history.

In the February 2003 issue of The Watchtower, page 19, reference is made to the Studies in the Scriptures, the footnote reads “Published by Jehovah’s Witnesses but now out of print.”

There is no evidence that the Jehovah’s Witnesses EVER published the Studies in the Scriptures, this is just more deception on their part. The biggest deception is the claim that these commentaries are no longer print. The Bible Students continue to print and offer the set of Studies in the Scriptures for those interested in learning about God’s Plans and purposes. Why not order your set today?

The six volumes will be sent anywhere in the USA, a complimentary copy of The Divine Plan of the Ages, will be sent to anyone in the world