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Christ is coming very soon

Whiston

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Charles Wesley

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Joshua Spalding

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John Aquila Brown

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William Miller

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D. T. Taylor

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Joseph Seiss

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Rev. E. B. Elliott

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William Thurman

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Jonas Wendell

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Nelson Horatio Barbour

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J. H. Paton

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Charles Taze Russell

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John and Morton Edgar

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John Franklin Rutherford

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©2010 Doug Mason
doug_mason1940@yahoo.com.au

I composed this file in response to a Jehovah’s Witness’s comment that people had
“looked forward to 1914”.

It was my intention to use original material to show:
• Russell taught that Christ’s parousia (presence) had taken place in 1874.
• He taught there would be a 40-year harvest ending in 1914. During that harvest
period, there would be unbelievable trouble in the world and that the church
would be glorified.
• He taught that Gentile domination of Jerusalem would cease in 1914, and that
God’s kingdom would be ushered in at that time under the auspices of the Jews,
and it would bring peace to the world.

I wanted to use original material to show that such ideas had previously been
promoted by many others, with vigour. Russell was just one of a horde of prophetic
interpreters, with each giving their own definite date for Christ’s coming and for
the return of the Jews to God’s favour.
I hoped this might help them gain a better perspective on their own actions, in that
what they were doing was nothing new and would form just another part of the
long history of failed expectations.
I wanted to demonstrate that others after Russell continued to promote the same
messages, including Rutherford throughout the 1920s.
The material is indicative only, as so much more could have been presented, such
as the views of the innumerable splinter groups that formed following Russell’s
death in 1916. However, I constrained myself to material relevant to my Witness
friend’s initiating comment.
The material is referenced chronologically, according to the date of the person’s
views.
If there is relevant material that could be included, please let me know.
Doug
January 2010

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The following is a posting by “Vienne” at
http://reslight.net/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=a8d65d8c4f86d1a2a357def5dcef98d8&topic=407.0

Reproduced with permission of “Vienne”.
The book referenced is “Nelson Barbour: The Millenium’s Forgotten Prophet”, Bruce W. Schulz and Rachael
de Vienne, Fluttering Wings Press 2009.

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