This week the midweek book study begins in the new book entitled God’s Kingdom Rules! At the request of a few readers The Watchman’s Post will feature a weekly commentary based upon each lesson. This article actually considers the information presented in the first two lessons. Subsequent articles will appear under the WT Review category.
When C.T. Russell announced to the Bethel family that the Gentile times had ended, that their kings had had their day, it was just three months after archduke Ferdinand —the presumptive heir of the Austro-Hungarian empire —had been assassinated in his motor carriage, along with his wife Sophie.
A few weeks later virtually all of the nations of Europe declared war upon each other, which prior to the assassination had been manipulated into forming two opposing blocs of nations with entangling military alliances. Thus began the Great War —later called the First World War.
But Pastor Russell’s bold proclamation was not solely based upon those world events. As all of Jehovah’s Witnesses know, for 40 years prior to 1914 the Watchtower had been pointing forward to that fateful year —building anticipation for something big to occur in fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
What had convinced Russell that 1914 was a marked year on the divine calendar?
Russell explained that God had provided two witnesses —the Bible and the Great Pyramid of Egypt —the so-called witness of stone. Not only did Russell adopt the Adventist’s algebraic chronology, extrapolated from the seven times of Nebuchadnezzar’s madness, but the International Bible Students were also introduced to occultism in the form of pyramidology.
The occult is defined as being “beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious; secret; disclosed or communicated only to the initiated; hidden from view; not apparent on mere inspection but discoverable by experimentation.”
That definition certainly defines pyramidology, which purportedly reveals divine secrets encoded in the architecture of the great pyramid, including its secret tunnels leading to the crypts of the departed pharaoh and his queen.
It was believed that the mere measurements of various ascending and descending passageways were encrypted as inch-years. (Never mind that the measurement of the inch did not exist then) Thus, the diligent searcher could supposedly divine esoteric knowledge that God had concealed in stone. (Russell believed that the pyramids were constructed by the enigmatic, post-Flood king/priest —Melchizedek.)
Of course, Russell’s successor —J.F. Rutherford —scrapped pyramidology, so there is no reason to debunk it now. However, it should not be forgotten since, after all, it is part of our spiritual heritage. Since the Watchtower calls attention to the 1914 announcement regarding the end of the Gentile times, as if the veracity of that proclamation is written in stone too, it is only fitting that Jehovah’s Witnesses examine the influences that shaped C.T. Russell’s thinking and the fact that divining occult knowledge from Egyptian pyramids was a weighty factor in the Bible Students’ original fixation on 1914.
It should not be casually dismissed that the pyramid, which was featured so prominently in the Watchtower’s publications back then, is an occult symbol, appearing in various forms in modern-day corporate logos and most notably on the back of the Federal Reserve Note, commonly called the U.S. Dollar. The arcane symbol of the ever-leering eye of the Egyptian god, Horus, peering from the center of the unseated capstone over the pyramid is presumably an oracular message from the owners of the Note —the so-called Illuminati —regarding Satan’s intended Novous Ordo Seclorum —a new world order. The suspended capstone symbolizes that the new world order has not been accomplished, yet.
(For the uninitiated, the U.S. Federal Reserve is not a federal institution. It is a banking cartel that lends money to the U.S. Treasury, the principal owners remaining secret. But it is not so secret that eight families exert controlling interests —the Rothschild dynasty apparently being the most prominent.)
It is fascinating that the Egyptian pyramid is the most common symbol of Satan’s possession and control over the world, since Egypt was the first world power of Bible prophecy. And America is symbolized in prophecy as the greater Egypt —ultimately to be eclipsed by the eighth and final king; hence, the hovering, Delphian capstone.
Most thought-provoking in all of this, the Federal Reserve did not come into existence until December 23, 1913, and the masonic eye of Horus in the capstone insignia did not appear until 1935. But prior to the introduction of the Dollar and its abstruse, unfinished pyramid, Russell’s chart of the ages used the very same occult symbolism —the completed pyramid crowned by the mason’s capstone representing the Kingdom of Christ and the new world order, as the Watchtower used to refer to it.
The belief that a study of the pyramids could impart hidden knowledge of the very coming of Christ is divination —plain and simple. And yet that is the underlying foundation of the Watchtower’s Russell-esque proclamation that God’s Kingdom rules! In God’s eyes, though, it is no different from the ancient practice of consulting a teraphim.
Now consider the prophecy of Zechariah, written after the destruction of Jerusalem, which brought an abrupt end to idol worship among the Jews. Yet, through Zechariah Jehovah speaks of the reappearance of divination among Christians —even among the shepherds, as a preliminary to the actual coming of Christ: “For the teraphim statues have spoken deception; and the diviners have visioned a lie. They speak about worthless dreams, and in vain they try to comfort. That is why they will wander like sheep. They will suffer, for there is no shepherd.” —Ze 10:2 (For a more detailed consideration of the fascinating prophecy of Zechariah read the article: The Coming Fall of the House of God.)
It is true. The Watchtower’s 1914, invisible parousia, is a deception. Bethel’s “diviners have visioned a lie.” The end result will be that the sheep will be scattered when the end begins.
Paul spoke of a demonic spell that would hold sway over Christians prior to Christ’s coming —calling it “a deluding influence.” According to the inspired apostle the deluding influence is “an operation of Satan,” backed “with every powerful work and lying signs and wonders and every unrighteous deception… so that they may come to believe the lie.”
What is “the lie”? Paul explained in the opening verses of the second chapter of his second letter to the Thessalonians, writing: “However, brothers, concerning the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you not to be quickly shaken from your reason nor to be alarmed either by an inspired statement or by a spoken message or by a letter appearing to be from us, to the effect that the day of Jehovah is here. Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction.”