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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen

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IN THE WORDS OF RUSSELL 

Russell on the Egyptian Pyramids and end-time prophecy 

It is important to understand that Jehovah's Witnesses do not really get their information and teachings from the Bible, but from their Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.  The title ‘Watchtower’ signifies the fact that masons see themselves as “Watch Men.”  They “watch” constantly what happens in religious circles and in the secular world, as to plan and execute their plan to bring the One World Order to its feet, thus controlling every sphere of human life on earth. 

Russell’s two different accounts on his end-time prophecy according to The Great Pyramid of Gizeh.  [Note that this type of ‘end-time’ interpretation of Bible and other prophecy is rife among other Christian churches as well!]  

 From Studies in the [Watchtower] Scriptures, Vol 3 (early edition), "...This measure is 1,542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point.  Then measuring down the "Entrance Passage"   from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the "Pit", representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is   to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3,416 inches, symbolizing 3,416 years from the above date, B.C. 1542.   This calculation shows A.D. 1874 as marking the beginning of the period of trouble; for 1,542 years B.C. plus 1,874 years equals 3,416 years.  Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1874 was the chronological beginning of the time of trouble…” 

Russell, Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 3 (1923 edition, "...This measure is 1,542 inches, and indicates the year B.C. 1542, as the date at that point.  Then measuring down the "Entrance Passage"   from that point, to find the distance to the entrance of the "Pit", representing the great trouble and destruction with which this age is   to close, when evil will be overthrown from power, we find it to be 3,457 inches, [What happened to 3,416 inches?] symbolizing 3,457 years [what happened to 3,416 years?] from the above date, B.C. 1542.   This calculation shows A.D. 1915 [what happened to 1874?] as marking the beginning of the   period of trouble; for 1,542 years B.C. plus 1915 years equals 3,457   years.  Thus the Pyramid witnesses that the close of 1914 was the   chronological beginning of the time of trouble…"

As the JWs, who should still have been alive in 1874 were deceased, the prophetic date was ‘appropriately’ moved to 1914.  This is a common problem with false Bible and prophecy interpretation, also witnessed in the prophecies and teachings of Ellen White, (prophetess of the Seventh Day Adventist Church,) and the setting of dates as deadlines for the ‘return of Christ’ or as in this case, “the beginning of trouble…”  To be frank, these prophets should see the trouble the world is facing in 2017, and this is not the final end of the end yet! 

Consequently, the writers Griese, Rich/Banial, Vince asked, “Of course all JWs know the date 1914 as the date who's "Generation" will by no means pass away before the "New System" comes.  (Sounds like the familiar doctrine in the Pentecostal/Charismatic Israeli Timeline doctrine as well, doesn’t it?) Of course, that makes this "Generation" [103 years old in 2017.]  Is the Watchtower running out of time?  What will they come up with next?  Most JWS do not even know about this information, the only date that is important to a JW is the date the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is currently pushing.  The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has had lots of experience setting and changing dates, and is much harder to catch these days.  They have become much more nebulas about their dates. These days they are simply saying that Armageddon is very, very close.” 

It is certain that the pagan, Egyptian pyramids have nothing to do with the Bible, except in Masonic duplication of their temples or lodges, etcetera.  Pyramids were burial chambers for the pharaohs, and they were designed to lead the king’s soul to the sun god, not the God of the Bible! 

Russell’s numerous prophecies, based on masonic Egyptology, proves him a false prophet and an extremely deceptive teacherGod commanded in the physical Old Testament dispensation that false prophets must be stoned to death to purge His people from their destructive ways!  “You shall not spare him or conceal him, you shall not consent to him or listen to him, and you shall stone him… because he sought to entice you away from the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of… bondage!”  [Read Deut. Chapter 13 to see how God hates deception, thus dealing strictly with deceivers!]  In the spiritual New Testament dispensation, physical stoning can be equated to exposing and rejecting — which is a definite New Testament commandment of God, (Eph. 5:11; 2 Jn. v. 9-10.)   

 

Russell on Solomon’s temple as the ‘tabernacle’ or ‘priesthood’ of Christ  

THE WATCH TOWER magazine, 05/15/1925, page 148, "The great Pyramid of Egypt, standing as a silent and animate witness of the Lord, is a messenger; and its testimony speaks with great eloquence concerning the divine plan (Isaiah 19:19)" 

This passage in Isa. 9:18-25 neither glorifies, nor refers to the idolatrous Egyptian pyramids!  This is figurative language, because true, Biblical believers of Jesus Christ will come from personal believers among the Hebrews as well as from all the Gentile or non-Hebrew nations of the world, (symbolized by Egypt and Assyria,) as “a pillar to the Lord for a sign and a witness” to the whole unbelieving world, (verse 17.)   In New Testament terms, all believers in Christ live under the New Testament Covenant, not under the Old Testament law or Old Testament prophecies that pertain to the physical land of Israel, or to any other geographical territory.  The Israeli Timeline doctrine is a deception, ingrained in most modern churches by Roman Catholic, masonic Jesuit infiltrators

The entire Old Testament has only one function now: it was written as examples of what happened to the Old Israelites because of their disobedience to God, and it is for our admonition, lest we think we can disobey God because we live under grace in Christ, (1 Cor. 10:11.) 

The land of Egypt, symbol of the land of bondage and sin, has therefore nothing to do with real New Covenant believers.  As always, the truth of everything, Scripture especially, is always in the context of “all truth,” (Ps. 119:160.)  Nearly all Old Testament prophecies pertain to the end of the end time that culminates during the everlasting New Testament/Covenant dispensation, which Jesus Himself established; nullifying the Old Testament Covenant in the process, (Heb. 8:13.) 

 

THE WATCH TOWER magazine, 06/05/1922, page 187, "The chronology of present truth might be a mere happening if it were not for the two great cycles of 1845 and 2520 years, which takes it out of the realm of chance and into that of certainty. If there were only one or two corresponding dates in these cycles, they might possibly be mere coincidences, but where the agreements of dates and events come by the dozens, they cannot possibly be by chance, but must be by the design or plan of the only personal Being capable of such a plan - Jehovah himself; and the chronology itself must be right.  In the passages of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh the agreement of one or two measurements proves that the same God designed both pyramid and plan - and at the same time proves the correctness of the chronology. The agreement of the chronology with certain measurements of the Tabernacle and the Temple of Ezekiel further stamps the chronology as true. It is on the basis of such and so many correspondences - in accordance with the soundest laws known to science - which we affirm that, Scripturally, scientifically and historically, present-truth chronology is correct beyond a doubt. Its reliability has been abundantly confirmed by the dates and events of 1874, 1914, and 1918. Present-truth chronology is a secure basis on which the consecrated child of God may endeavor to search things to come." 

Russell does not refer to the truth of New Testament Scripture in any of these so-called ‘scientific’ prophesies found in the most idolatrous pyramidal tombs of Old Egypt.  God is in control of His whole universe, but Egypt has always been and still is being ruled by their many false gods, not by the God of the Bible.  To try and find the Word of God in these tombs is pure idolatry.  Jesus, the God of the Bible, is the God of the spiritually ever-living, not the ‘guardian’ of mummified Egyptian kings.   

Despite the Biblical passages that Russell deliberately misquoted to use for his own agenda, he declared, "I said that I had been in conference with the Great Master Workman, [masons call this god ‘the Great Architect of the Universe,’] the Lord himself, and I have secret information through the Holy Spirit and guidance in respect to what the Bible says, and that contains all the truth, I believe on every subject…  So, if we talk to our masonic friends about the Temple and its meaning, and about being good Masons, and about the Great Pyramid, which is the very emblem they use, and what the Great Pyramid signifies, our Masonic friends are astonished....We are going to discuss free and accepted Masonry--the Bible Masonry, my dear friends". 

Wow!  How can it be possible that anyone can miss the masonic lingo, masonic Egyptology, and the defence of the masonic worship of Baphomet, the god of the masonic lodge, in what Russell is saying?  Russell was teaching his followers masonic dogma not truth from the Bible.  Jesus Christ of the Bible and Jahbulon or Baphomet of the lodge have nothing in common.  Jesus Is Light and Truth; Baphomet of the masonic lodge is darkness, deception, and lies.

Moreover, no one, except the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, has ‘secret and superior [or extra] information’ about His universe and the end times.  In fact, the Holy Spirit proclaimed in Heb. 1:1-3, “God, Who at various times and ways spoke in time past [or during the Old Testament dispensation/covenant] by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed Heir of all things, through Whom also he made the worlds, Who being the Brightness of His glory and the express Image of His Person, (Col 2:9-10,) and upholding all things by the Word of His power, [given to us in the full context of Bible Scripture,] when he had by himself purged our sins…”  Claiming special and ‘extra revelation knowledge’ or things that are “above that which is written” in the truth of “all Scripture,” is a mark of all schisms of Christianity.  The contextual truth of the whole Bible was given to reveal everything humanity needs to know concerning God, salvation, redemption, blessing, and even the end time! 

 

Then, Russell shamelessly blends the Bible with masonic Egyptology and states, "...For you know the Head of the Pyramid is a perfect pyramid itself, and all the stones under that simply come into line with the top stone; and that top stone is what the Bible declares Jesus is--the chief cornerstone…  The Temple will not be completed until every living stone is there. And then what? The next thing will be that which our Masonic friends make so much of, and which we make so much of namely: the glorification of the temple. That is a grand thing in Masonry. They picture how Solomon the wise, the type of Jesus--offered the sacrifice, and how God accepted it, and the glory of the Lord came into the Temple. Just so our Temple, the Church in glory, will not be the Temple of God until the Heavenly Father himself shall have recognized it". 

Russell and other preachers have it all wrong and no one who ever studied the Bible can make such a grievous mistake without committing it on purpose!  A ‘cornerstone,’ as the cornerstone of Jesus’ spiritual body, is the foundation or basis of the building, and not the pyramid of masonic orders, with a triangle or ‘cap stone’ on top of the building.  Russell and those who teach this deception confuse the Jesus’ spiritual temple with the pyramid-dogmas of masonic orders, in which the ‘capstone’ contains the all-seeing eye of Baphomet, the god of the masonic lodge. 

The New Testament/Covenant/Dispensation temple of Jesus Christ is His living, spiritual, truly believing disciples, who were “bought with His blood from every tribe, and tongue and nation, and who were made [spiritual] kings and priest for God,” (Rev. 5:9-10.)  Physical churches and their false doctrines play absolutely no part in Jesus’ New Covenant “building.”  This is the New Covenant temple of the Holy Spirit, there exists no other.  Paul explained, “Do you not know that [together, all true believers] are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in them?... Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you…?”  (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:18-20.) 

   

Russell’s indisputable masonic teachings and masonic declarations 

MM Outreach duly noted that Russell even changed the ‘royal priesthood’ of Christ to a “divine priesthood,” and declared that this priesthood is the masonic/Roman Catholic Knights Templar!  In Russell’s words, ‘...A thousand years during which these [Roman Catholic, masonic] Knights Templar are to scatter blessings to all the families of the earth’.  The author continued, “Heresy aside, Russell just loved to use masonic terms and show how he and his followers were superior “masons”, and superior “Knights Templar.” 

“Russell then offers full freedom of choice to his followers in these words,

‘...If you feel that you want to become a member of the Free and Accepted Order of Masonry, and do not feel free and masonic enough as a follower of Christ, God bless you, use your own judgement; that is yours to decide not mine. But now I am talking about this great order of masonry of which Jesus is the Grand Master. This Order is to be entered in a peculiar way. There are certain conditions--the low gate, the narrow way, the difficult path… 

Although I have never been a Mason, [liar liar pants on fire!] I have heard that in Masonry they have something which very closely illustrates all of this’.  “So, by Russell's own words, minus the "double-talk" and the parallels he draws all through this discourse, he plainly says he has never been a mason.  He gives the masons their due, however, when he says, ‘Our masonic friends have it down very fine. I do not know where they got it so well. I have often wondered where they found out so many of the secrets of our High and Accepted Order of Masonry. From the time you come in to be a member of the Royal Priesthood, a living stone, a member of the craft of Masonry, from the Lord's stand-point,...if any man will be a living stone in the Temple, if any man will be a member of this High, Free and Accepted Masonry--let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

“I can hear the gasps from modern Jehovah's Witnesses that their exalted leader used the word "cross", but this was before "new light" on the "torture stake", so I guess he's excused for ‘ignorance.’  So, although Russell claimed to know Masonic Secrets, and compared his "Royal Priesthood in Christ" to the Lodge, he felt himself above ordinary Masons, and in fact said plainly he never was one.” 

Now that’s manipulation from the mouth of the evil one himself if you ever heard it!  Despite all Russell’s ‘double talk,’ no God-fearing preacher will ever align him or herself, (and worse, the Lord Jesus Christ!) with the goat god of the masonic lodge! 

Nevertheless, although Charles Taze Russell tried to cover this indisputable declaration with more ‘double talk,’ he confessed in Convention & Reports Sermons,’ “I am a Free Mason…  Because that is what our masonic brethren like to tell us, that they are free and accepted masons.  That is their style of putting nit.  Not I am a free and accepted mason.  I trust you all are …” 

To incorporate masonic dogma into teaching ‘from the Bible,’ is pure idolatry and witchcraft.  God forbade such sin in Ex. 20:1-5, warning, “I Am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt [with its sun worship and pyramid paths to the afterlife!] Out of, [that is completely redeemed from] the house of bondage.  You shall have no other gods before Me …” 

 

Russell believed in, and published much on ‘The [masonic] Golden Age’

The entire concept of ‘the golden age’ was taken from Greek mythology, (a favourite source of masonic dogma) not from the Bible.  The golden age prophecies there will be five ages: silver, bronze, heroic, iron, (a period of social decline,) and a golden age, typified by prosperity, peace, and political stability. 

The mere fact that Russell referred to the golden age, never mind his entire church dogma on this pagan philosophy, proves him a false prophet and a great deceiver, because Jesus Himself declared in Mt. chapters 24-25, religious deception, lovelessness, war, famine, and everything bad  will typify the end of the end times! 

Despite all the clear-cut evidence,  JWs believe Russell was not a mason  

Where I came to the Lord, that pastor’s fiery sermons seemed to make demons tremble.  The anointing of God covered him like a cloak.  He was likable and seemed wise.  Yet, when push came to shove, he revealed himself as a greedy grasper and a loveless religionist without true Scriptural insight or real, Holy-Spirit knowledge of the spiritual world. 

I wrestled with God about this obvious contradiction until He reminded me of what He said in Mt. 7:17, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?  …Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”

We will not know people by their charm, popularity, ‘anointing,’ niceness or mental and spiritual abilities.  The only way to know people and spiritual leaders in particular, is by their attitudes and personal priorities, as revealed through their continual works and behaviour.  This does not pertain to occasional faults, for we are all human, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.)  Our ‘fruit’ sprout from our innermost being or human spirits, (1 Ths. 5:23,) and the depths of our minds, and reveal our deepest convictions and beliefs.  Just as Jesus said, only our continual fruit can disclose our true character and personal agendas. 

Therefore, it is a sorrowful thing that people, who need the truth of the Word of God most because they are enslaved by obvious deceptions, never question but rather defend the origin, leaders, and doctrines of their church - in the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the leaders and doctrines of their Kingdom Hall.  This is also the case with their Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. 

There is no middle ground where such dreadful deceptions are concerned.  God declared in Rom. 1:32, “As they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness… covetousness, maliciousness… undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving…  Who, knowing the righteous judgement of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice [and teach] them.” 

 

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