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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

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