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Signs of Christ's Presence
Wise and Faithful Servant

Matt. 24:45-47 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods."

One of the primary signs of Christ’s presence ["parousia"] is the selection of "a wise and faithful servant." "That servant" would be placed in a position "over his household" doing the work of dispensing "meat in due season" when the Lord returns.

Based on Chronology, Parallel Ages, and Time Prophecies, the date of our Lord’s second invisible presence was 1874 A.D. This narrows the selection of "that servant" to a specific time.

Who, after 1874 A.D., was appointed "ruler" over the Lord’s household, dispensing "meat in due season" [the harvest truth] to other servants in the household? Who, after 1874 A.D., was made steward "over all his goods" [the harvest work]? after 1874 A.D., was appointed "ruler" over the Lord’s household, dispensing "meat in due season" [the harvest truth] to other servants in the household? Who, after 1874 A.D., was made steward "over all his goods" [the harvest work]? after 1874 A.D., was appointed "ruler" over the Lord’s household, dispensing "meat in due season" [the harvest truth] to other servants in the household? Who, after 1874 A.D., was made steward "over all his goods" [the harvest work]?  

Only one individual fits these qualifications: CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL.

In 1874 A.D. Charles Taze Russell (Br. Russell) was, with other earnest Bible Students, studying the Scriptures, and publishing and dispensing the harvest message to other Christians.

1869   Heard Second Adventist views from Mr. Jonas Wendell.
1870-1875  Studied with Bible class in Allegheny and with
           Bros. George  Stetson and George Storrs.

1870  Learned that the object of the Lord’s second coming
           was restitution. 

1872  Understood doctrines of ransom and restitution.
1874  Learned the Lord’s return would be invisible.
1874-1875  Wrote "The Object and Manner of The Lord’s
          Return" – 50,000 copies published.
1876 Learned the time of Lord’s invisible presence was
          1874 A.D.

As harvest truths were understood, Br. Russell continued to publish and dispense the truth to the Lord’s household. The sickle of truth [Rev. 14:15] began the harvest work of separating the wheat [true Christians] from the tares [imitation Christians].

1879  "Zion’s Watch Tower" began publication, 6,000 copies. By
           1914, 50,000 copies.

1880  Readers of the Watch Tower were gathered into Bible
           Study Classes.

1880  Tracts ["Old Theology Quarterly"] began to be published.
            Provided free for Watch Tower readers to distribute.

1881  Colporteur work began.
1881  TABERNACLE SHADOWS written.
1886  THE DIVINE PLAN OF THE AGES, Studies in Scriptures,
           Vol. 1 written.

1886  1st Bible Student Convention.
1889  THE TIME IS AT HAND, Studies in Scriptures, Vol. 2 written.
1891  THY KINGDOM COME, Studies in Scriptures, Vol. 3 written.
1897  THE DAY OF VENGEANCE [called THE BATTLE OF
           ARMAGEDDON], Studies in Scriptures, Vol. 4 written.
        
1899  THE AT-ONE-MENT BETWEEN GOD AND MAN,
           Studies in Scriptures, Vol. 5 written.

1904  THE NEW CREATION, Studies in Scriptures, Vol. 6 written.


Br. Russell produced the Studies in the Scriptures, whose combined circulation during his life were over 10,000,000 copies. He wrote a number of widely circulated booklets and produced over 200 tracts, some of which attained a circulation over 50,000,000 copies.

For thirteen years Br. Russell’s sermons appeared weekly, part of the time simultaneously, in over 2,000 newspapers with a combined circulation of over 15,000,000. He edited a semi-monthly magazine with a circulation of about 45,000 copies. In some years over 300,000 letters were written to him, to which he supervised the answers, some being answered personally. Before Br. Russell died his writings had been published in over forty languages.

Additionally, Br. Russell lectured to audiences in almost every country, traveling over 1,000,000 miles, delivering over 30,000 sermons and lectures. Wherever he was announced to speak, the largest and best auditoriums were filled frequently with thousands.

Br. Russell was placed in a position of responsibility as "steward" over "all the Lord’s goods" – all the harvest work. After his death, Br. Russell’s writings continue the harvest work of separating the wheat and tares.

The fiery slanderous attacks from without [the clergy] and within [brethren], though severe even to the extent of his own wife’s rebellion, never turned Br. Russell’s focus from faithfulness to his stewardship responsibilities and the purity of a sanctified Christ-like character. The numbers reflect the immense influence of the harvest work in Br. Russell’s life time.

Br. Russell not only produced the vast literature, but he directed its publication and distribution. He organized and directed seven branch offices in foreign countries. For twenty-two years he controlled a lecture bureau that staffed, for several years, over 300 lecturers. For thirty years Br. Russell managed a propaganda work with, at times, 1000 colporteurs in its service. For twenty-five years he directed a tract movement in which nearly 10,000 individuals took part.

For three years Br. Russell directed the preparation of the "Photo-Drama of Creation" which was exhibited for two and a half years in hundreds of cities and in many countries to over 9,000,000 people and in 35 languages! He was the elected pastor over 1500 Bible Student churches.

All this was accomplished without soliciting $1.00. Br. Russell received $11 per month for his personal needs and died with only $200 in his bank account.

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES

Bible Students acknowledge the Lord’s choice of Br. Russell as his steward during the harvest. Other Scriptures also reflect Br. Russell’s work during the harvest.

 MAN WITH WRITER’S INK HORN – Ezek. 9,10

The "writer’s ink horn" indicates that the written word would be the instrument used to mark the foreheads of those who sigh and cry for the abominations in the land. The first work is sealing the church class in their foreheads by the truth and separating them from Christendom. [Ezek. 9:2-4] Br. Russell published the harvest truths which have been separating true Christians from false Christian systems.

The same "man clothed in linen" scatters coals of fire from the Lord’s altar over the city. The second work is the Lord’s judgments on Christendom. [Ezek. 10:2] Harvest truths circulated through Br. Russell’s writings bring the Lord’s judgments on the false Christian systems.

THE SEVENTH MESSENGER - Rev. 3:14-22

The Lord assigned seven messengers to the seven churches [Rev. 1:16,20] The Lord’s message to the seventh messenger of the Laodicean phase of the church corresponds to the message and work of Br. Russell.

During the Laodicean stage of the church, the Lord returns – "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." A feast of harvest truths is offered to any Christian who opens the door [accepts his presence]. "If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." [Rev. 3:20] The "meat in due season" of this feast was dispensed through the Lord’s chosen steward, the seventh messenger, Br. Russell.

The judgment and casting off of the nominal church [Rev. 3:15,16] was proclaimed by Br. Russell, and published and distributed in his writings.

The presence and reign of Christ begun [Rev. 3:20,21] was proclaimed by Br. Russell, and published and distributed through his writings.

Click below for more information on:

  Studies in the Scriptures.

   Pastor Russell Founded the Bible Students, Not Jehovah's Witnesses (PDF)

  Wise and Faithful Servant

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