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WATCHTOWER HISTORY FOOTNOTES
SECOND ADVENTISM SECTS FOOTNOTE
One of the multiple small "Second Adventist" Church of God sub-subgroups included the "CHURCH OF GOD -- ADVENTIST", which only decades later in the mid 1900s decided to drop "ADVENTIST" because of the negativity of that label. Other small Church of God groups included or were composed of "restitutionists", or so-called "Age-To-Come" brethren. Neither do most of them like to be historically labeled "Second Adventists".
Recently, there has been yet another ludicrous attempt to deny the FACT that Charles Taze Russell was a "Second Adventist" -- instead labeling Russell an "Age-To Comer" due to his ancillary "Age-To-Come" teachings. However, not only are these conspirators denying that CTR was a "Second Adventist", but they also are denying that CTR's "Second Adventist" friends, associates, and influencers were "Second Adventists", if any one of them had left so much as a hint of some ancillary religious belief. We will address some of such below.
Per their rationale, there is no such person as a "Second Adventist", since every "Second Adventist" had a long list of ancillary religious beliefs for which they also could be labeled. How and Why do you think that the labels "Seventh Day Adventists", "Advent Christians", and "Evangelical Adventists" even came about? Why were certain Second Adventists further labeled "timists", or more often, "time brethren" -- mainly by their own fellow Second Adventists?
Unlike the vast majority of his followers, WILLIAM MILLER was an orthodox Baptist, who believed in the literal burning of the earth, the immortality of the soul, the Trinity, eternal punishment, etc. When are some WatchTower historians going to demand that we stop labeling William Miller as an "Adventist", or a "Second Adventist"? Would they also prefer that William Miller no longer be labeled a "Millerite"?
A "Second Adventist" always has been someone whose core religious beliefs and teachings include a focus on the timing of the "Second Advent of Jesus Christ" -- whether it be "imminent", or a specified hour, day, year, decade, or century. Other than that core belief, "time brethren" can differ on any or all of their other beliefs, including those related to non-time aspects of the "Second Advent of Jesus Christ", including the continuously argued about "object and manner".
After all, in 1879, Charles Taze Russell did not name his new magazine, "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of the Age to Come
". No, Charles Taze Russell named his new magazine, "Zion's Watch Tower and Herald of Christ's Presence
", because the very purpose of the founding of Russell's new religious magazine
was to announce that -- unbeknownst to the world -- the "Second Advent of Jesus Christ"
had already begun back in 1874. Charles Taze Russell fits the very definition of who and what is a "Second Adventist"
Now, if someone wishes to also label Russell an "Age-To-Come Second Adventist", that's fine. Russell also can be labeled an "Anti-Trinitarian Second Adventist", or an "Annihilationist Second Adventist", and even an "American Second Adventist", etc.
Bible students should particularly beware of "scholars with agendas". For instance, has anyone else ever wondered why so much effort has been made to deny that early Charles Taze Russell influencers Benjamin Wilson (Emphatic Diaglott) and his friend Richard Corbaley were "Second Adventists", when Charles Taze Russell never acknowledged any particular relationship with either of those two men? Could it be that certain historical revisionists turned up proof that Russell did in fact have personal relationships with those two "Age-To-Comers", and that both men also turned out to be SECOND ADVENTISTS? In fact, when Charles Taze Russell first met Benjamin Wilson and Richard Corbaley, Benjamin Wilson was the Pastor of the local Advent Christian Church, while Wilson's close friend, Richard Corbaley was the Pastor of a nearby "possibly" Advent Christian Church. Richard Corbaley EASILY can be found preaching typical "Second Adventist" sermons from the 1860s until the 1890s, in multiple "Churches of God", including ones that Corbaley was pastoring.
Note that only "some" ACC affiliated local churches used the name "Advent Christian Church". Others, due to the ancillary religious beliefs of their members (including "Age-To-Comers"), used "Christian Church", "Christian Advent Church", "Church of Christ", "Advent Christian Church of God", "Advent Church of God", "Church of God", "Advent Church", "Second Advent Church", "Second Advent Christian Church", and even, "The Church of God of Advent Christian Faith".
Apparently, some arrogant, name-calling researchers simply are not as thorough as they would like for their naive audience to believe. Every Scientist knows that when a researcher begins their research with an agenda, such as to discover something "monumental" about an otherwise boring topic, either consciously or subconsciously, that researcher will ignore evidence which disproves their "goal", and overblow evidence which promotes their goal.
***** For example, would knowing that B. W. Keith had completed multiple quarters, with honors, at the Dansville Seminary, prior to the start of the Civil War, add basic understanding to just about everything otherwise published about him by Russell, the WatchTower Society, Russellites, and others? Would knowing that B. W. Keith had been employed as a local School Principal a year or so after the war ended add even more credibility? Why begin a Keith biography AFTER his education? Even if, by accident, ... there were Keith's entry into the US Army as a NCO, Keith's later position as local DAR Chaplain, Keith's later official claim to being a "minister", Keith's multiple M-E affiliations, or later, Keith's "local only" public lectures (otherwise known as "sermons") that were advertised with handbills? At what point does a "scholar" begin to suspect that Keith was not simply a self-educated house painter, but rather was both intelligent and educated.
Keith is just a starting point. Less about the name and blood type of CTR's paperboy, and more about relevant matters. And, pleassssssse, stop validating Nelson Barbour's info re CTR's early years. CTR LIED to Barbour. CTR had been rejected by every significant Second Adventist in the United States prior to CTR's forced settling for the OBVIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL Nelson Barbour. Barbour was the only one willing to treat CTR as a peer, and such likely occurred only when CTR offered to pay for Barbour's trip to Philly. Money, money, money. Money.*********************
WATCHTOWER SOCIETY FEMALE DIRECTORS FOOTNOTE
According to other "Russell" researchers obviously much more capable than ourselves, there was a third female "Director" of the WatchTower Society of Pennsylvania. Clara A. Taylor, an unmarried Bethelite secretary, age 20s, was appointed to the BOD in February 1900 as a replacement for either Maria Russell or Rose Ball. Clara A. Taylor was herself then replaced at the next election in January 1901. Clara A. Taylor had been a Bethelite since 1894.
Clara A.Taylor married a prominent Pittsburgh Russellite when Russell relocated WatchTower HQ to Brooklyn. Clara A. Taylor suffered a premature death. Widower remarried a local IBSA wife. They eventually opposed Rutherford's eventual purge of all things Russell.
THE POULTRY TRIBUNE
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR [HIRES COUNTRY'S BIGGEST CLOWN]
Secretary J. K. Dickirson of the Illinois State Fair, announces that definite contracts have been made for the last of the special attractions for the forthcoming State Fair, October 4-12. The most spectacular feature will be aviation. A fleet of air ships have been engaged for each day, excepting Sunday. There will be a French monoplane, the Nieuport, which is said to resemble a bat, an American monoplane, manufactured by the inventor, Johnson, of Terre Haute, a Curtisstype biplane, and the old fashioned hot air balloon, which will be operated by a woman.
Mule races and pony races have also been provided, and a Cuban woman will slide down an inclined plane in automobile and turn three saults.
There will be a three-team turnout of very black ponies with gold-mounted harness attached to a white-enameled truck. All these features, including aviation events will be given every forenoon, excepting October 4 and 5, when they will take place in the afternoon. The air ships will carry a mail bag with aerial mail out of the fairgrounds every day.
The last day, Saturday, October 12, will be automobile day, and enough cash and trophies are offered to provide sensational driving. Disbrow in a big Simplex, will be the great star, and the last event will be the climax of the Fair of 1912, when an automobile, a motorcycle, a biplane and both monoplanes, will race five miles around the race track.
Pastor Russell, the famous independent divine of Brooklyn and London Tabernacles will deliver a lecture on Sunday on "The Life Beyond the Grave".
The Illinois State Fair this year offers nearly $90,000 in cash prizes, and nearly every department shows an increase in the prize money list.
The new $125,000 sheep and swine pavilion will be completed in time for occupancy during the Fair, at least the contractors are under bond to finish it, and the great Dome building, badly disfigured by the cyclones of last winter, will have a brand new copper dome, in place of the mass of glass it has carried ever since it was built at the Chicago World's Fair. The lower fourteen feet will remain glass, the balance being copper.
In August 1913, the Tri-State Fair, in Memphis, Tennessee, contracted for "Pastor" Charles T. Russell to appear as the regional Fair's featured Opening Day attraction, but CTR was asked to withdraw his acceptance after the local Ministerial Association jerked a knot in the behinds of the Board of Directors.
The Wheeling Intelligencer
October 31, 1914
BIBLE CONFERENCE ENDS
INTERESTING TALK ON "RUSSELLISM" WAS FEATURE OF SERVICES
The World's Bible Conference was brought to a successful close ... with the address of Rev. William Edward Biederwolf on the subject of "Russellism," commonly known as "Millennial Dawnism." Rev. Biederwolf spoke, in part, as follows:
"It's a strange thing how easily people are led astray in religious matters. They'll have good sense in every other way, and yet they'll need a commission on sanity to sit on their case when it comes to religion. They'll allow themselves to be roped in, and to be duped, and buncoed, and bamboozled, and hoodwinked by any old sort of a theory as long as it has a few verses of Scripture in it to make it look like it's religion.
"Now, when a man comes tearing along as this man Russell has done, and puts a black eye on all the scholarships of the past, and pretends to handle Greek as though he were a student of the classics, and claims to be the only right interpreter of the Word of God, it is a natural thing to ask for the credentials of a man like this. The second coming of Christ is the pivotal point of his whole teaching. Around this all centers. He says that Christ's second coming took place in 1874, and that all true Christians then in their graves were raised in 1878. He says that Christ and these Christians are here now, but unseen, carrying on a special work, and that in October 1914, Christ will set up his millennial reign, and all present governments will then be overthrown.
"To begin with, the theory itself of the second coming, which he teaches, is all wrong in the first place, the day of the coming of Christ is unknown. But, Russell will not have it so. Now, let us just see where his false teaching concerning the second coming of Christ will lead us. If Christ returned in 1874 only as a spirit being, what became of the body of Christ after his resurrection, and before his return to this earth in 1874, and where is it now?
"Here is where Russell gets himself in a hopeless mess, and makes himself the laughing stock of all right and careful thinking people. He begins by declaring that Jesus Christ was the creation of God; that he was created as a spirit being just as the angels were.
"Next, Russellism declares that, 'Christ, at his incarnation, gave up his spirit being, and that while he walked on earth, he was nothing more than 'a perfect human being'."
All of the theories advanced by Russell in his six volumes on religion were mercifully flayed by the speaker in the course of his address, as compared with the ideas set forth in the teachings of the Bible on religion and in the second coming of Christ. The address as a whole attracted the attention of the audience and was well delivered.
BURNING OF THE WORLD FOOTNOTE
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
December 18, 1907
He Should Know Better (edited)
In an Old Theological Quarterly, number 76, part 1, January, 1907, is the report of a sermon by C. T. Russell, of Millennial Dawn fame, on "Earthquakes in Prophecy." As it is his own publication, the report is presumably correct. He says:
"It is true that our Second Adventist and Seventh-day Adventist friends have also been calling attention to the Scriptural predictions of great tribulations upon the world, now near at hand; but our message is still a very different one from theirs and used for a very different purpose. Their message is that the convulsions of nature that are now due are to result in a "wreck of matter and a crash of worlds" -- in the utter destruction of our race and the reduction of this earth to a mass of cinder. And they use their message as a club to threaten and to drive the wicked to seek the cover and protection of the Lord. Be it noticed how different is our reference to these calamities. We hold with the Scriptures that the 'earth abideth forever,' and that cold and heat, summer and winter, will continue as long as the earth abideth. We hold again with the Scriptures that God made not the earth in vain -- He made it to be inhabited. Eccl. 1:4; Gen. 8:22; Isa. 45:18."
In other words, "they" do not believe or teach the Bible; "we" do.
Now Mr. Russell knows or ought to know that Seventh-day Adventists teach that the "earth abideth forever," that God "created it not in vain," that "He formed it to be inhabited." Eccl. 1:4; Isa. 45:17, 18.
No Adventist, so far as we know, believes that the earth will be burned up, but purified by fire and fitted for the eternal home of the redeemed, when "the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
Among the things that Seventh-day Adventists do not believe is Mr. Russell's unscriptural theories.
(NOTE the use of the broad term, "Adventist", in the next to last paragraph, but the Author's narrow "SDA" term in the last paragraph. Such indicates that the SDA author and his SDA editors considered Charles Taze Russell and his sect to also be "Adventists".)
Notice how in the two following newspaper articles how the "words to the WatchTower Song" gradually change over time as 1914 firsts gets closer, and then passes. In the three news articles at the start of this lesson, it was clear that all the negatives associated with the Millennium would be completed by its start in 1914. In this first article, the fool George Driscoll even drags the "burning of the world" red herring across the trail. So did CTR in the beginning of the second article, but we edited out most of that part so as to keep the better points in focus. ONCE AGAIN, inquirers should be asking themselves after every mini-lesson, Was CTR and his WatchTower Society imitating Jesus Christ, or Satan the Devil???
MILLENNIUM IS COMING
But It Will Be a Thousand Years On the Way
When their annual conference ended in the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, the 1,500 believers in the early dawn of the millennium who follow the teachings of Pastor Charles T. Russell, of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, were firmer than ever in their conviction that, beginning in 1914, the world is to be converted into a veritable paradise. The change from existing conditions is not to be a "sudden one", according to the explanations made by the "Bible students" as Pastor Russell's followers speak of themselves. It is going to be gradual, and 1,000 years will elapse before absolute perfection will be attained. But promptly with the advent of the new year 1914, the change of influences from the unrighteous to the righteous will be apparent. G. C. Driscoll, one of the leaders of Pastor Russell's followers, gave assurance that the world will never come to an end,"but that an entirely different method of rehabilitation will be resorted to." The millennium, he explained, will start promptly with the ringing of the bells on New Year's, 1914. Elevating influences will begin to work overtime. Gradually and unconsciously our conditions will be bettered. -- Fargo Daily Republican, September 7, 1909.
THE DULUTH HERALD
September 21, 1916
REVOLUTION AFTER WAR
Pastor Russell Predicts End of Present Civilization (edited)
"Hell will be popping" on earth following the great European war, according to Pastor Russell, ...
Pastor Russell, in his writings and lectures covering a period of thirty years (NO, 40 YEARS), predicted that the great European war would start (NO, STOP) in the autumn of 1914, and he stated so this morning. In an interview given to a Herald reporter, that following the war, the world will be destroyed by ... symbolic fire and brimstone, as, he says, is explained in the Bible.
"This great war now going on in Europe has weakened the power of kings," said Pastor Russell.
"The Bible shows that, following this great war, there will be serious revolutionary conditions. It symbolizes it as an earthquake and calls it the greatest that earth has ever experienced. Kings and other rulers will disappear and there will be a general smashing of present civilization in Europe. The Bible clearly points out that it will come here as well as there.
"The difficulties between capital and labor will assume tremendous proportions which will mean the destruction of all civilization. There are many good men who are Socialists ... but the Bible teaches that their efforts will result in anarchy, ...
"I do not think I am here merely to terrorise people about the bad things to come upon the country. My real message is the kingdom of God. The Bible has been promising the establishment of God's kingdom for a long while, but we have been looking in the wrong direction for It. We thought we could do it by sending missionaries to the heathen, but we have to learn that we are nearlv all heathens. (EGOMANIAC!)
"According to the Bible (CITATION?), this great time of trouble is to teach mankind an everlasting lesson of their own insufficiency and hypocrisy, and then the people will be ready to hear the still, small voice of God, and be glad to respond to the regulation of his kingdom. (I THOUGHT THAT THE UNRESPONSIVE PEOPLE LIVING DURING THE TIME OF TROUBLE WOULD NEVER SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD???)
"The Bible tells that all the governments of the world are going to fall; but many have been mistaken about the end of the world. The Bible says "The earth abldeth forever' and that God formed it to be inhabited. The fire that is going to burn the world is the symbolic fire of anarchy, etc.
"After the war, the coalition of rulers with the churches will be made for mutual protection and support against socialistic influences. The Protestant and the Catholic churches will have to join and will be as one. ...
"What do you suppose will become of the 21,000.000 soldiers who will be turned loose upon the world at the end of the war? Where will they go and how will they be taken care of? Since the war started, new machinery has been invented to take the place of many laborers, and those machines can be run by women. Those men must find employment at high wages if they are going to help pay off the great taxes that are sure to come. The people are going to be burdened, and a revolution is as sure to follow the war as night succeeds day. It cannot be otherwise."
GEORGE WASHINGTON STETSON FOOTNOTE
The following excerpt testifies to the ACA affiliation of G. W. Stetson right up to the time of Stetson's death. WHY? Because there is a BSC researcher out there proclaiming that George Stetson was NOT a "Second Adventist" despite Stetson's devoting the last two decades and more of his life to the ACA. According to that BSC researcher, this excerpt proves nothing, nor does 20+ years of ACA work. According to BSC researcher, George Stetson was simply fooling the hundreds of Advent Christians who traveled long distances from across the country to Stetson's funeral in October 1879, because they believed George Stetson to be one of the purest Christians they had ever known, and they wished to display their affection and respect. Well, George Stetson is not fooling BSC researcher:
The Advent Christian Church of Moreland, Wayne Co., O[hio], will hold an Annual Ordinance Meeting, beginning May 31st and continuing over Lord's day. Dr. G. W. Stetson of Edinboro, Pa., will be present to preach and officiate. All are invited. M. Beck, Pastor. -- The Wayne County Democrat, Wooster, Ohio, May 28, 1879.
AND, according to one of the Edinboro Advent Christian Church's own historians, the name of the Edinboro church did NOT switch from "Advent Christian Church" to "Church of God" during Stetson's tenure as pastor, but rather the opposite occurred. The Edinboro Church had been named "Church of God" when founded many years earlier by Jonas Wendell and other residents. Then, more than a decade later, during Stetson's tenure as Pastor, the name was changed first to "Second Advent Christian Church", and then sometime later, to "Advent Christian Church". This would explain why the name "Church of God" was initially picked by the ACCs organized by Jonas Wendell in Allegheny/Pitt, and assisted by George Stetson and others connected to the Edinboro "Church of God". This was easy and obvious to anyone not attempting to build some BS theory about Pittsburgh's Advent Christians not actually being "Second Adventists". A Shakesperian quote comes to mind.
As noted above, George Stetson pastored the Pitt/Allegheny Advent Christians from November 1871 until May 1873, when he moved back to pastor the Edinboro Advent Christians. When Stetson died in October 1879, he had chosen fellow Second Adventist Charles Taze Russell to officiate at his funeral, which was attended by more than 1600 locals and visiting Advent Christians and other Second Adventists. There is no doubt but that CTR knew and understood THOROUGHLY the Second Adventist beliefs of his mentor and friend, George Stetson, and how such was typical of the vast majority of Second Adventists.
The following 1870 LTTE testifies to George Stetson's beliefs, along with other Second Adventist beliefs, regarding the alleged "burning of the earth". In this instance, Stetson was NOT chastising a fellow theologian -- Stetson was confronting a SCIENTIST who believed in the literal burning of the earth. This LTTE is posted here not only to prove that most Second Adventists did not believe in the literal burning of the earth, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, to PROVE that Charles Taze Russell KNEW THE TRUTH, but chose to LIE about such in his repeated claims over the decades that he was NOT a "Second Adventist", because Second Adventists purportedly believed in the literal burning of the earth; and he did not. Note that this excerpt is heavily edited to simply prove the aforementioned. Other content is not included.
THE RUTLAND INDEPENDENT,
August 18, 1870
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! (edited)
Messrs. Editors : Your Independent of July 30th reached me Aug. 2d, containing an article on the "The End of the World," from the pen of Irwin H. Norton, of Leicester, Vt. His strictures on science, as claiming the destruction of the earth by electric flame proceeding from the sun, are of some weight, and merit due consideration. ... many who like Mr. Norton, hold, believe, and teach, that the material earth, on which we live, is at some fixed time, unknown to man, to be literally burned up with material fire. ...
The greatest cause of surprise is that with such an incessant cry of fire, fire, fire, as has been kept up from the pulpit and press, ever since pulpits and presses came into use, there are so few, who really believe, that it will prove anything more than smoke after all. ... [Norton] says, "It is plain that this earth is be destroyed by fire," ... In conclusion, [Norton] says, "It will surely come," i. e. the end of the world, in a literal sense, as I understand him.
Now permit me to say to [Norton], ... if you think the Bible teaches the literal destruction of the planet earth on which we live, take that Bible and search diligently, comparing scripture with scripture, and you will find you are all mistaken.
From Genesis to Revelation you can find no such phrase as (Greek), literally the end of the world. It is a theory, INFERRED. Mr. N. quotes Mark 13:32 ... "But of that day and that hour no man maketh known; not even the angels who are in Heaven; neither the Son, but the Father." If Mr. N. will take a Greek Testament and consult Mat 24:3, he will discover that the disciples asked concerning the end of the age or dispensation. ... 1st John 3:8 says, "The purpose for which, the Son of God was manifested, was, that he might destroy the works of the devil." But the devil did not make this earth on which we live, and Jesus affirms (Mat. 25:34) that the earth from its foundation was a prepared kingdom for those blessed of his Father and they are to inherit it. The fires which are to consume the devilish works, that are in the world, are already kindled, and have been burning for eighteen hundred years, (Luke 12:49) and will continue, with more fervent heat and intense glow, to scintillate and send forth its brilliant coruscations, in each succeeding age, "to all the Generations of the age of the ages," (Eph. 3:21) "until the whole earth is filled with tbe glory of the Lord," (Num. 14:21, and "the lights of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy one for a flame." (Isa. 10:17) "For our God is a consuming fire." (Heb. 12:29.) "Forever, 0 Lord, thy word is settled in Heaven, thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth." (Ps. 119:89, 90) "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever." (Eccl. 11:4)
Geo. W. Stetson.
Olena, Huron Co., Ohio,
August 3, 1870
JONAS WENDELL FOOTNOTE
Charles Taze Russell, in his three WATCH TOWER magazine mini-Bios, would have his readers believe that Jonas Wendell was only capable of lecturing in seedy sidestreet public Halls, and limited in his ability to addressing nothing more than the timing of the "Second Advent", and "the burning of the earth" thereat.
Well, the Wendell Family was high achieving, and included multiple Ministers, Attorneys, Bankers, politicians, and successful businessmen. However, it is true that Jonas Wendell was a "black sheep" in the successful Wendell family. Jonas Wendell was the son of a Methodist minister, and had been educated as such. Jonas Wendell also had been trained as an attorney by his brother, and later practiced in Edinboro as both a smalltown attorney and a local Justice of the Peace. Jonas Wendell, wife, and son also ran a mercantile store in Edinboro, and even "farmed" a little during his last years.
Jonas Wendell had fallen prey to the Millerite end-time message of 1843-44, and thus began a life of on-again, off-again Second Adventism, which repeated itself over again and over again, in the 1850s, in the 1860s, and finally, in the 1870s. Although Jonas Wendell had relocated his wife and son from White Plains, NY to Edinboro, Pennsylvania, sometime around 1848, where he built a home and a mercantile store, the Wendells maintained family relationships with Wendells and in-laws in eastern New York, and developed religious and other relationships in western New York, western Pennsylvania, and Ohio, as a result of sporatic evangelizing as a Second Adventist.
"At Edinboro there are quite a number of time [brethren] who seem to be very honest." -- SDA Evangelist, July 1855.
The following long and short news articles explain why there was a so-called "schism" amongst Allegheny/Pitt ACCs in 1871-72. Some folks believed Jonas Wendell blanket denial. Others did not. Like every sex scandal, even an entirely innocent accused comes out covered in feces (and, we are not saying that we believe Jonas Wendell). Those who did not believe Jonas Wendell's story likely did all they could do to put distance between themselves and Jonas Wendell and his supporters.
THE EDINBORO SENSATION.
Further Particulars In Relation to the Case.
The Erie Dispatch, in referring to the case of Rev. Jonas Wendell, of Edinboro, against whom grave charges have been preferred by a girl whom he had released from the House of Refuge, and the principal facts connected with which we published by telegraph, says:
Wendell has resided in Edinboro for some years, was at one time pastor of the church of the Second Advent in that town, and of late has wandered about the East and West, preaching a Sunday in a place, and occasionally holding revival meetings. He is represented to be a man of considerable intelligence, good address, a ready political speaker, and among the people of his religious faith, few men have earned a wider reputation for zealous and effective eloquence in arousing the lukewarm and indifferent, during periods of special religious interest. Mr. Wendell yet lacks ten years of the scriptural limit of a happy existance. He owns a house and has a family at Edlnboro. He is quite welll read in the law, and, it is said, was once admitted to the bar. A year or so since, a young girl residing in Edinboro, named Mary Terry, was placed by her friends in the House of Refuge at Pittsburgh. Mr. Wendell interested himself to secure her discharge, saying he would be responsible for her future good conduct. The authorities accordingly discharged her. She returned to Edinboro, and a short time since went from there to Rouseville to visit her relatives. On Friday, she came from Rouseville to Meadville and in the cars exhibited a letter from Mr. Wendell in which he promised to meet her in Meadville and accompany her thence to Pittsburgh. She made grave charges against Wendell, which immediately came to the knowledge of her relatives in Edinboro. Failing to find Wendell at Meadville, she took the cars for Sagertown, in company with a girl she had met at Meadville. Meanwhile her statements came to the knowledge of her friends at Edinboro, and a warrant was issued for Wendell's arrest. He was arrested and held for a hearing. The girl, after a tedious search, was discovered at Mosiertown, Crawford county, and brought to Edinboro on Saturday night last, and there held to appear as a witness. She is quite pretty, and not more than sixteen or seventeen years of age. At one time, she was regarded as somewhat simple-minded. -- The Pittsburgh Commercial, June 3, 1871.
Miss Mary Terry, of Edinboro, the young lady whose name was unpleasantly associated with the name of the Rev. Jonas Wendell, a Second Adventist clergyman of that town, has appeared before a Justice of the Peace. She makes affidavit that the charges made against Mr. Wendell are entirely without foundation. -- The Erie Dispatch, May 31, 1871.
Unfortunately, the Wendell Family had another Second Adventist "black sheep" -- Jonas's nephew, Rufus Wendell, an on-again, off-again Methodist/Second Adventist Minister, who also once narrowly escaped a sex scandal with one of his Methodist parishioners. INTERESTINGLY, by the time that the Russell's and Conley's "love affair" with George Storrs peaked in 1874, Rufus Wendell was a RECENT, but FORMER, friend and associate of the elderly George Storrs. In the early 1860s, George Storrs and Rufus Wendell became leaders of the very small LIFE AND ADVENT UNION sect of the Second Adventists. By the time that their newest and bestest Second Adventist "idol" visited the Russells and Conleys in May 1874, former "my friend" Jonas Wendell had been DEAD since August 1873. We can only wonder whether there may have been sufficient animus remaining between George Storrs and Rufus Wendell for elderly George Storrs to have either intentionally or unintentionally "poisoned" the previous favorable memory of the Russell's and Conley's dead "friend", "timist" Jonas Wendell? (History novices need to know that -- as described in the opening paragraphs of our WatchTower History page -- despite the fact that George Storrs was the leading Millerite "timist" during the Movement's peak years of 1843-44, Storrs so suffered from such thereafter, that during the final two decades of his life, Storrs supposedly came to despise Second Adventist "time brethren" and their "time predictions". It takes little imagination to understand what likely occurred when the Russells and the Conleys mentioned Jonas Wendell and Nelson Barbour during conversations with elderly George Storrs during his two week visit in May 1874. Additionally, novices should know that Rufus Wendell not only had withdrawn from Storrs and the LAU around 1870, but Wendell even had publicly renounced Adventism, and returned to the Methodist Church. George Storrs separated from the LAU a year or so later, when he once again pulled a "George Storrs", that is, he yet again changed some of his core beliefs -- Storrs' "lifetime of repeatedly changing his religious teachings and religious affiliations every few years.")
Apparently, there has been more than just Jonas Wendell's personal relationship with Nelson Barbour that has been the subject of a multi-faceted WatchTower conspiracy of both character assassination and hiding of the "truth".
The following newspaper articles, all from The Pittsburgh Gazette and The Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, in 1869, 1870, and in 1871, attest that Jonas Wendell was no self-educated "one trick pony", and given all the above, Charles Taze Russell knew Wendell's resume and Wendell's true abilities when CTR artfully assassinated the character of Jonas Wendell in the pages of ZWT, long after Jonas Wendell was dead:
January 30, 1869
THE LORD WILLING, Elder J. Wendell will preach in Watkins Hall, over the Mayor's office, on Fourth street, on Lord's Day, January 31st, at 10 1/2 o'clock A.M., at 3 and 7 o'clock P.M. Subjects: 1st. Destiny of the Earth. 2nd. The Reward of the Righteous. 3rd. Doom of the Wicked. An opportunity for asking questions on the subjects will be given.
February 20, 1869
THE CHURCH WAITING for the Coming of Jesus and the promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and whose hope is only in the Resurrection, will have ELDER J. WENDELL to declare the word unto them TOMORROW, in QUINCY HALL, Lacock street, Allegheny City, at 10:30 A.M., and 3:30 and 7:30 P. M., and some evenings during the week. The public are invited. Seats free.
March 20, 1869
ELDER J. WENDELL WILL be present at QUINCY HALL, Lacock street, Allegheny, TOMORROW at 10:30 A.M. and 3:30 and 7:00 P.M., to proclaim the word to those waiting the coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead. Subject in the morning, **Eighth of Daniel and our near proximity to the end.** Meeting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings.
May 13, 1869
The Immortality of the Soul. (?)
MESSRS. EDITORS GAZETTE -- Allow me to inform "Anima", through your columns, that Elder Wendell is now at home in Erie county, but does deny that the immortality of the soul is taught in the Scriptures of Truth, and believes that doctrine to be the mother of errors in the Church of Christ, and the basis of all false religions, and originated among the heathen philosophers. If any minister or a plurality of them, of approved character, in whom the public have confidence, or any laymen having the above qualifications, will affirm it in public oral discussion, he will return here and deny. Many of our citizens have expressed a desire to hear a discussion on that subject, believing it would be productive of good, and I hope "Anima" will lay aside his mask and stand forth boldly like Paul, who was "set for the defense of the Gospel". -- Phil 1:17.
I will also state Elder Miles Grant, editor of the Crisis, of Boston, has a standing challenge to those who believe and teach this doctrine, and is ready at any time to deny it. To increase an interest in this subject, I will donate $20 ($400.00 in 2021 dollars) for every passage of Scripture where the immortality of the soul is mentioned, to any Church or Sunday School the finder may elect.
John A. Best,**
Fifth avenue and Tunnel street.
**John A. Best was a local glass manufacturer who soon died in 1871. Best's LTTE is important in what it tells us about Jonas Wendell and Wendell's service of the Allegheny Advent Christian Church, from Edinboro, plus what it tells us about the quality of the local membership. Editor Miles Grant can be seen in the National Conference photograph linked on Page 1.
February 23, 1870
The doctrine of the Annihilation of the Wicked, according to the Methodist Home Journal, is taking root and spreading among thinking men, both in and out of that Church, and both in and out of its ministry, with a growth that is obvious and threatening. It is asserted that the question whether the Scriptures promise perpetual existence to any but the good must soon have a rehearing in that denomination.
We have heard many in this city express a desire to hear a discussion of this question. Elder Wendell, who is now preaching in Quincy Hall, Allegheny, alleges that "perpetual existence is promised only to the righteous," and expresses his willingness to discuss the question with any man of acknowledged ability and reputation. The question is one of vast magnitude, and will not some one of God's watchmen meet Elder Wendell and both, in the spirit of meekness, give us the argument and Scripture, pro and con, on this all important subject. The above article, taken from the Albany Evening Journal, attests that the question must be met with something better than silent contempt, or the naked asservations of erring man.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We don't know what either of the two aforementioned news articles stated, but Jonas Wendell did debate a New York Pastor- School Principal in Summer 1869. Jonas Wendell apparently had a reputation with the media for eagerly entering debates -- of which there were many. We have found formal debates as far back as 1859, and suspect that there were many prior to that date.
April 22, 1871
ELDER J. WENDELL WILL preach in QUINCY HALL, No. 127 Lacock street, Allegheny, on SUNDAY, 23rd, at 10 1/2 o'clock A.M. and at 7 1/2 o'clock P. M. -- Subject "The purpose of God in creating the world: His plan for its redemption from the curse; and the time for its accomplishment.
Fenn and Wendell, Advent preachers, have pitched their tent at East Randolph. -- The Buffalo Express, July 7, 1870.
Second Advent Preaching: Eld. J. Wendell will preach in Beaverwyck Hall ... Subject, "Judgment on the Papal Power." -- The Albany Express, July 1872.
TENT MEETING -- The Second Adventists are holding a series of meetings in this city, under the auspices of the New York Advent Christian Conference ... under the direction of Elders Jonas Wendell and B. P. Stevens ... Tonight the subject of the lecture will be "The Signs of the First (?) Advent, and their literal fulfillment." -- The Syracuse Daily Journal, September 27, 1872.
RUSSELL - BARBOUR ASSOCIATION FOOTNOTE
Here is a heavily edited excerpt from the June 1, 1916 issue of the WATCH TOWER magazine in which Charles Taze Russell -- for the third time -- provides his version of how he first came to hear of and eventually meet Nelson Barbour:
... It was about January of 1876 that my attention was especially drawn to the subject of prophetic time, as it refers to these doctrines and hopes. It came about in this way: I received a paper called, The Herald of the Morning, sent by its Editor, Mr. N. H. Barbour. ... I at once wrote to Mr. Barbour, informing him of my harmony on other points and desiring to know particularly why, and upon what Scriptural evidence, he held that Christ's presence and the Harvest of the Gospel Age dated from autumn of 1874. The answer showed that my surmise had been correct; namely, that the time arguments, chronology, etc., were same as used by Second Adventists in 1873. ...
So I paid Mr. Barbour's expenses to come to see me at Philadelphia (where I had business engagements during the summer of 1876), to show me fully and Scripturally, if he could, that the prophecies indicated 1874 as the date at which the Lord's presence and the Harvest began. He came; and the evidence satisfied me. ...
I determined to curtail my business cares and give my time as well as my means to the great Harvest work. Accordingly, I sent Mr. Barbour back to his home with money and instructions to prepare in concise book form the Good Tidings so far as then understood, including the time features, while I closed out my Philadelphia business preparatory to engaging in the work, traveling and preaching.
The little book of 196 pages, thus prepared, was entitled, The Three Worlds, ... From the sale of this book and from my purse our traveling expenses were met. After a time I conceived the idea of adding another Harvest laborer, and sent for Mr. Paton, who promptly responded and whose traveling expenses were met in the same way. ...
COMPARE FOLLOWING DATES WITH ABOVE AND RECENT WATCHTOWER BOOKS:
Elder Paton, of The Herald of the Morning, will preach tomorrow on, "The Gospel Harvest and Millennial Dawn" at 10:30, 2:30 and 7:30 at hall, corner Sixth and Woods streets. -- THE PITTSBURGH COMMERCIAL, Saturday, March 26, 1876.
ST. GEORGE'S HALL, THIRTEENTH and ARCH. October 22, by Dr. N. H. BARBOUR, at 10:30 A. M. and 3 and 7:30 P. M. Subjects: Morning, "The Three Worlds," afternoon, "The Return of Israel and End of the Gospel Age due in 1878." The Jews specially invited. Evening, "Perilous Times, No Hire for Man nor Hire for Beast." -- Zach. viii. 10. -- THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, October 21, 1876.
At St. George's Hall, Thirteenth and Arch streets, tomorrow, at 10:30 A. M., 3 and 7:30 P. M., addresses will be made by Dr. N. H. Barbour. His subject in the morning will be "The Three Worlds." -- THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, October 21, 1876.
Religious services are to be held in St. George's Hall tomorrow morning. Dr. N. H. Barbour, of New York, officiating. The subject of his sermon is to be "The Religious Signs of the Times." -- THE PHILADELPHIA TIMES, October 28, 1876.
NELSON BARBOUR BEFORE 1873-74 FAILED
Multiple Nelson Barbour researchers have either intentionally or negligently misinterpreted the evidence to claim that the 1873-74 Movement was composed of either two separate groups (Barbour and the Mass/RI), or three separate groups (Barbour, Mass/RI, and Wendell). Both of these claims are ridiculous. It is as such historians don't understand the obstacles of that time period. As shown below, Barbour lived in Boston, and initially preached in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and probably NYC and elsewhere (I believe I've seen NJ, altho can't now find it.)
Once Barbour saw that his Mass/RI converts could take care of New England, Barbour looked west -- Rochester being a recent home. There, Barbour soon met Jonas Wendell, who could himself handle western PA, Ohio, and southwest NY state. Barbour concentrated on the extremely fertile area around and east of Rochester. The time was short. Barbour even made one extended trip to Chicago, but Chicago was Thurman territory.
Researchers have made far too much out of the Terry Island gathering, which was overblown by the media. Were believers in that area suppose to travel to Rochester? Besides, only about 100-150 folks were at Terry Island. The "lingerers" only amounted to a small handful. They simply were a small part of the Mass/RI subgroup. Folks, it was only ONE MOVEMENT.
RICHMOND HALL ... Pastor, N. H. Barbour. -- Preaching tomorrow morning ..., afternoon ..., evening ... . Subject: Prophecy, showing that the Lord will come in 1873. -- The Morning Herald, Providence, Rhode Island, October 14 and 21, 1871.
SECOND ADVENT CHURCH ... Dr. N. H. Barbour of Boston, will preach [three times Sunday]. Subject, Prophecy, relating to the immediate personal coming of Jesus. -- Cambridge Chronicle (Massachusetts), August 26, 1872.
"My attention recently has been arrested by reading the "Evidences For the Coming of the Lord in 1873," as presented by N. H. Barbour, in the World's Crisis (ACC magazine), of Oct. 16 and 23. And while reading the many views advocated by the above named paper, I have been enabled to more fully realize the division and lack of unity existing, even among those who profess to be looking for the speedy return of their Lord and Master; and it has also occurred to my mind that it is not so strange a thing after all that the masses are disgusted with everything going under the name of Adventism. ... ." -- LTTE in SDA's The Advent Review, November 12, 1872.
Chicago Daily Tribune
April 6, 13, 21, 1873
Frank Burr (pastored Dansville NY during early 1860s) ... Elder N. H. Barbour, of Boston, ... in Advent Christian Chapel.
Dr. Barbour of Boston, will lecture this morning and evening at the Advent Chapel on the prophecies and evidences of the coming of the Lord this present year, 1873.
The Rev. Dr. Barbour, of Boston, Mass., will preach at Aiken's Theatre ... subjects ... "Millennium About to Dawn", ... "A Change of Dispensation Is At Hand" ...
GREAT TENT MEETING
July 27 - August 3, 1873
Dr. Barbour of Boston and others.
[Partial extract of same "display ad" ran multiple times in the Buffalo Daily Courier.]
THE TENT MEETING. The Second Advent tent meeting, which opened at this village on Thursday evening last is still in progress and will continue until Sunday evening. On Sunday there will be three services -- at 10 A.M., 3 and 7.30 P.M. The meeting is conducted by Eld. Barbour, assisted by other preachers. We understand that they hold that the existing order of things will be brought to an end on the ensuing 14th of October. -- The Brockport Republic, August 14, 1873.
The people hereabouts are beginning to get wonderfully good in view of the statement that the world is going to end up its career this year. So say some Second Adventists who are holding public meetings here this week. N. H. Barbour of Boston, and another named James MCCagg, of Warsaw, NY are the leading speakers. They are positive in their predictions and are sure there can be no mistake this time. -- Buffalo Daily Courier, August 26, 1873.
The Niagara Falls Gazette
August 27, 1873
That peculiar body of religious fanatics known as "Second Adventists" have been pertinaciously expecting and seriously prophesying the final winding up of the present economy in things terrestrial during the past two score years and over. Several specific dates have been confidently announced by them as the appointed time for the occurrence of the serious and momentous catastrophe; and although their dismal predictions have so far proved but the vaporings of crazy imaginations, they persistently continue from time to time, as the planet obstinately rolls on into unpredictcd years, to appoint new eras for the realization of their fond hopes and oft refuted prophecies.
There is a regularly organized church of this persuasion in the city of Lockport, the members of which meet together upon each recurring Sabbath to unite in religious services. They take the Bible for their creed and allow each individual to interpret the sacred writings according to their own convictions. They are represented as quiet, law-abiding citizens and as deserving the respect of the community in which they live.
A Dr. Barbour, of Boston, and a gentleman named McCagg, of Warsaw, have recently inaugurated a series of open-air (tent) meetings in the city. Devotional exercises common to all christian denominations are observed at these meeting. The sermons, which are unique in their way, are principally devoted to the explanation and application of biblical prophesies. We believe the Lockport Adventists are not in full accord with all the theories advanced by those having the meetings in charge, but all parties are united in predicting an early coming of the "last day" -- we are not positively informed as to the particular date upon which they again hang their crumbling reputation as proficients in prophetical exegesis. The meetings are a success so far as attendance is concerned, large numbers of people going to listen to the crude efforts of the speakers to unfold biblical prophesies, through motives of pure curiosity.
GREAT TENT MEETING AT ROCHESTER ... The fulfillment of prophecy and signs of a new dispensation at hand, by Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Boston. Meetings to continue over two Sabbaths and through intervening week. ... -- Rochester Union and Advertiser, September 27, 1873.
The Dansville Advertiser
October 16, 1873
THE END OF THE WORLD (edited)
Elder Barbour of Boston delivered in Dansville last week and on Sunday several lectures on the second coming of Christ, in which he undertook to prove that prophecy pointed to the year 1873 as the time for the final resurrection and judgment. This he figured out in two ways, explaining his reasoning by means of mathematical diagrams. On Sunday afternoon, he labored to show that the time from the death of Jacob, or the commencement of the dispensation of the twelve tribes, to the first coming of Christ, (which coming, he claimed, was at the beginning of Christ's ministry,) was just 1843 years; and as Jeremiah declared, that after this period had been doubled, the second coming should take place, 1843 years from the first coming, or 1873 years from Christ's birth, was the year for the second coming.
Elder Barbour is a pleasing speaker. He seems to be entirely convinced tbat his conclusions are correct, and that a proper interpretation of prophecy could give another result. But what if the year 1873 should pass away without the great, final consummation? Would the elder then believe no more in Moses and the prophets? or would he review his calculations?
Free Lectures. -- By request of J. W. McCagg (local merchant who also placed one adjacent and one nearby advertisements), Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Boston, will lecture at the Court House, Saturday evening, 7 1/2 o'clock; Sabbath morning, 10 1/2 o'clock; afternoon, 3 o'clock; evening, 7 1/2 o'clock. Subjects: "Bible Prophesies." -- Wyoming County Democrat, Warsaw, NY. November 13, 1873.
The Adventists have been holding a series of meetings the past week; N. H. Barbour of Boston Mass. was their chief speaker. According to his theory, the 20th of October will be the final consummation of all terrestial things; when the almighty will annihilate the wicked and deliver the earth purified into the possession of the saints. They evidently made but few converts. The community, believers as well as others, continue their usual avocations; the same love of filthy lucre characterizes them now as before; and as before the flood, all not furnished with a meet companion are ready to marry and give in marriage. -- The Naples Record, September 19, 1874.
SECOND ADVENT -- Elder N. H. Barbour, from Boston, will lecture at the Advent Hall ... He will give the evidence of the speedy coming of Christ. -- Auburn Daily Bulletin, November 28, 1874.
LECTURE -- Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Boston, will lecture at Franklin Hall ... [Saturday evening, Sunday morning and evening] ... Subject: Prophecy. -- The Dansville Advertiser, December 17, 1874. (edited)
NELSON BARBOUR AFTER 1873-74 FAILED
Elder Barbour, the eminent Second Adventist who preached two stirring sermons in this village last Sunday, makes March 14th, 1875, the extreme limit of this world's duration. -- The Dansville Advertiser, December 24, 1874. (edited)
Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Boston, will lecture at Franklin Hall ... [Saturday evening, Sunday morning and evening] ... subject: Evidence showing that the gospel age dispensation closes the present year, the kingdom of God to succeed. -- The Dansville Advertiser, March 11, 1875. (edited)
There is a set of deluded chaps in and about Brockport NY led by one calling himself Dr. N. H. Barbour, who proclaims that Christ is to come and set up his Kingdom on Earth on the 6th of next April. -- The Union News, March 27, 1875.
Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Boston, will deliver a series of lectures ... at Second Advent Hall ... Subjects -- "Impending Crisis, Times of the Gentiles, and Advent of Christ. -- Rochester Evening Express, March 30, 1875.
The Dansville Advertiser
March 18, 1875
Mathematics vs. Faith (edited)
We had the pleasure of attending on Sunday morning last one of the lectures of elder N. H. Barbour, of Boston, delivered at Franklin hall in this village. The attendance was good, there being present many of our leading citizens and quite a number of persons from out of town. The lecture was preceded by a conference meeting, which was characterized by much devotion and enthusiasm on the part of those who engaged in it. In fact, it resembled somewhat a Methodist love feast.
At 11 o'clock, Elder Barbour commenced his lecture, which occupied an hour. It resembled one of a mathematical professor's class lectures. His subject was sacred chronology, and his manner of dealing with it was clear and frank. There were, he said, some twenty sacred chronologists among whose reckonings there was much difference. Now who is right? The chronology which he had adopted was made up from the Bible. There were several breaks or weak points in biblical chronology, and a majority of chronologists had gone to Josephus to close up these breaks. But he (Barbour) went to the Bible, and had suceeded in making good these defects, not by direct testimony, however, but by inferential testimony. Up to the time of Cyrus, people had kept records by hieroglyphics, which were not always clear as to dates; since then they had need of a written language, and it was easy to reckon time by the eclipses, positively exact, to the day or the very hour. If we reckon rightly, the six thousand years were accomplished in the Jewish year 1873, or according to the modern calendar, tbe Fall of 1873. The speaker had thought that Christ must come at that time, at the exact conclusion of these six thousand years; that if he did not come at that time, sacred chronology, or the reckoning of it, was at fault, and he could believe in it no more. But he had learned something since then, within the past few months, and now saw how nicely it fitted with the scriptures that there should be a period in which God's mercy was displayed -- a time of probation, without which God's character and his word would not be fully exemplified.
One of his favorite methods of reckoning was by the system of Jewish Sabbaths and jubilees of fifty years. The Jews kept the six Sabbaths, but through unbelief, they did not keep the seventh, which is to come, and to be the Sabbath of rest to the children of God. Tbe reckoning of the Sabbaths is proved by the jubilee reckoning, and both point, (if the reckoning be correct) to the closing of the gospel age on the 5th day of April, 1875, and the succession of God's kingdom on the 6th day of April -- at which time Christ will come with all his angels. But the world shall know nothing of his coming any more than the Jews knew of the first advent of our Savior, in whom they did not believe; only those who are born again shall know that the kingdom has come. According to the doctrine of the speaker, those only are born again, in true scriptural sense, who believe as the Second Adventists believe, and who watch for his coming as they watch. The kingdoms of the world are to war against tbe kingdom of Christ, and tbe kingdom of Christ is to overcome the kingdoms of the world. Did the kingdoms of the world know that this was Christ's kingdom they would not war against it, and the scriptures would not be fulfilled.
Now we take it, the Adventists are upon safe ground. So that the world knows not when the kiugdom of God does come, it is perfectly safe for the time to be set, and no one can hold that it has not come when that time arrives. If he does so hold, he is not of the kingdom. In other words, an advocate of this doctrine can place his row of figures and add them up, and fetch tbe conclusion of the gospel dispensation down to the 5th of April, and commence the succession of God's kingdom at the first new moon after the vernal equinox of 1875, which is the 6th day of April, and claim that it has come when that time arrives without fear of contradiction, if none but those who believe with him are allowed to have any evidence of the same.
Never have we had so little faith in the doctrine of our honest enthusiasts as after listening to this lecture by Elder Barbour. This man, apparently candid in all his arguments, who has made sacred chronology the study of many years, looking upon all sides of it, admits the disagreements of the most eminent of chronologists on at least three vital points of reckoning, practically admits that he has changed his mind about the time of the second advent within the past few months, and then goes on to say if now we reckon rightly, and our reckonings seem to prove themselves, there can be no doubt that God's kingdom will suceed on tbe appearance of the first new moon after the vernal equinox of 1875, to wit, the 6th day of April. Could Elder Barbour measure off God's time as he measures off the jubilee periods on his cane, or could he count tbe years of law and of prophecy as he added up the rows of figures on the wall, then might it be admitted that he could make the time of the second advents mathematical demonstration. But it is plain enough to the most casual observer, that he, an honest, earnest man, and that his followers, earnest and devoted seekers after truth, are walking by the eye of sight and not by the eye of faith. The simple assertion of the faithful follower of Christ, "I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he will come in his own good time, for he has said it, and I have faith to believe it," is worth a thousand times more than the mathematical statement, "I know that Christ will come at the time of the first moon after the vernal equinox of 1875, namely the 6th day of April, for I have figured it out; and no one shall know of this great coming but those who believe in these figures!"
We do not make these remarks to throw discredit upon this lecture and its believers, neither to provoke discussion. We believe that our friends are worthy of all esteem and that they are devout in their belief -- that the undevout sacred chronologist like "the undevout astronomer is mad." And we admit beforehand that either Elder Barbour or Elder Cogswell could cover our entire paper with figures and scriptural quotations to prove their positions and have enough left to pile up till a mountain they had made.
Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Rochester, will be preaching in Franklin Hall ... [Sunday morn, aft, and even] ... Subject, Showing from the scriptures that we have reached the harvest or end of this age. -- Dansville Advertiser, October 28, 1875.
Dr. N. H. Barbour, of Rochester, preached in the Methodist church in this village Sunday afternoon on, "The Two Covenants", besides preaching twice in Franklin hall. -- Dansville Advertiser, March 6, 1876.
EDITORS NOTE: There is a story here. Note the "vanilla" sermon preached at the Methodist Church. Franklin Hall was the Second Advent Church of Dansville's regular meeting place. Barbour had preached the funeral of his and Jonas Wendell's friend and associate, Daniel Cogswell, at Dansville's Presbyterian Church on Friday. Me suspects the Methodists may have denied use of their building for Cogwell's funeral, but quickly repented. Afterwards, for at least a while, the Methodists allowed the Second Adventists to use their building.
NELSON BARBOUR -- CHARLES T. RUSSELL APPRENTICESHIP PERIOD
(Pay particular attention to certain bolded/colored modern verbiage. Sound familiar?)
ALL INTERESTED in the study of the scriptures are cordially invited to the meetings at Corinthian hall tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., and 7:30 p.m., and at Good Templar's hall, corner Stone and Main streets at 3:00 p.m. These meetings are entirely unsectarian. Subjects at Corinthian hall, "The Three Worlds and Gospel Harvest." Addresses by Dr. N. H. Barbour. -- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, February 3, 1877.
PREACHING TOMORROW at the Academy of Music, at 10:30 A. M., 3 and 7:30 P. M. Subjects: The Time of Trouble -- Daniel 12:1; the Return of the Jews, and the Dawn of the Millennium. The signs of the times clearly indicate the approach of great events; the disintegration of present institutions -- social, religious and political; the ending of the "times of the Gentiles" -- Luke 21:24; the return of the Jews, and the inauguration of a reign of righteousness -- the Millennium. At the above meeting it is expected to show that we have already entered the "time of trouble" of which so much is said in Scripture, which is to continue forty years, during which every man's hand will be against his neighbor; when "there will be no hire for man, nor hire for beast;" when "the slain of the Lord will be from one end of tbe earth even to the other." The object of which is, that "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess to God." Services will be conducted by Dr. N. H. Barbour and C. T. Russell. The above subjects illustrated by means of large painted charts. Seats free. All are welcome. -- The Buffalo Commercial, February 24, 1877, edited.
The Buffalo Evening Report
February 27, 1877
"The Millenium" (edited)
Large audiences gathered at the Academy of Music yesterday morning and last evening to listen to the discourses of N. H. Barbour, who, it had been announced would speak of the Millenium, and show from the Bible that we have already entered the "time of trouble" which is to usher it in.
IN THE MORNING, the speaker showed with the aid of an illustrated map or chart that the Bible plan of redemption spans "three worlds", ... followed by the "World to Come" in which are "Ages to Come", ... Proceeding further, the Doctor by referring to various arguments drawn from ... the charts urged that we are at THE END OF THE GOSPEL AGE, and are entering a "time of trouble," ... in the midst of which the kingdoms of this world are to pass into the hands of the Lord, and the millenial reign of righteousness will follow. ...
IN THE AFTERNOON, the Doctor's discourse related principally to the manner of the coming of the kingdom of Christ, ... the "kingdom of God" on earth is to be a spiritual kingdom, under the supervision of the Glorified Church, who are to be "Kings and Priests and reign on the earth," ...
IN THE EVENING, ... he demonstrated to his own satisfaction that ... the so called "end of the world" will transpire in the spring of 1878. As was the harvest in the Jewish dispensation, so is there being a harvest made now preparatory to the "marriage of the Lamb," and Christ will not be seen of men, until that has taken place. Then He will come in all His glory; but before that his chosen ones, who are to reign with Him, will have been taken quietly away.
AT ROBINSON'S OPERA-HOUSE, NINTH AND Plum sts. TOMORROW. Dr. Barbour will preach at 3 and 7:30 P.M. Subjects: The Time of Trouble," Dan. xxii:1. The Return of the Jews, Dawn of the Millennium, and The Three Worlds, or Bible Plan of Redemption. The Doctor will show from the Bible that we have already entered the "time of trouble," which is to usher in the Millennium. Seats free. All are welcome. -- Duplicates, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cincinnati Daily Star, April 28, 1877, edited.
CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL - NELSON BARBOUR DISFELLOWSHIPPED
ONE N. H. Barbour, called Dr. Barbour, with his confreres, J. H. Paton and C. T. Russell, is traveling around the country, going everywhere that they can find Adventists, and preaching that Jesus has come secretly, and will soon be revealed, and mingling in their lectures a lot of "Age-to-come" trash, all to subvert their hearers. They are not endorsed by Adventists, "Age-to-come" folks, or anybody else, yet having some money and a few sympathizers they will probably run awhile. They have been to Ohio and Indiana and are working westward. We are credibly informed that one of them boasted in Union Mills, Ind., a few days since, that they would break up every Advent church in the land. We guess not. Their whole work is proselyting. The Lord never sent them on their mission. Give them no place, and go not near them or countenance them. -- ADVENT CHRISTIAN TIMES, July 18, 1877.
The Advents have fixed upon [December 27, 1877] as the date for the final dissolution of this mundane sphere. -- The Dansville Express, December 27, 1877.
The Second Adventists now declare that the millenium will commence in 1914; thirty-six years from the present time. Measured by the duration of human life, it will seem, to a person of 80 years, a great while to wait. In fact, their prognostications have failed so repeatedly, that most persons of advanced years will approve the wisdom of this adjournment of the millenium over to the next generation. -- The Ogdenburg Journal, January 19, 1878.
Elder N. H. Barbour, of Rochester, will be preaching in Franklin Hall this Sunday ... -- Dansville Advertiser, February 21, 1878.
N. H. Barbour, of Rochester, will deliver three lectures in Stout's Hall, at Honeoye, on Sunday, March 31st. Subject: "The Change of Dispensations". -- Livonia Gazette, March 29, 1878.
CHURCH OF THE STRANGERS
Evangelical, but not denominational, on Court street, corner of Stone street. This place will be opened again for regular religious worship on Sunday, April 27, at 3 P.M., and every Sunday at the same hour. Opening discourse, at the above hour, by Dr. N. H. Barbour. Subject: -- "God's Plan of the Ages for the Salvation of Man, through Christ, the Second Adam: the Ages illustrated by colored charts." All are invited. Seats free. No collection. -- Rochester Evening Express, April 26, 1878.
Regular Public Meetings Being Held in Pittsburgh in 1878
The series of lectures by C. T. Russell on "Our Lord's Return" will be delivered at Excelsior Hall, corner Federal and Lacock streets, Allegheny CIty, commencing tomorrow at 3:00 P. M., instead of at Riverview Hall, corner Sixth Street and Duquesne Way, Pittsburgh, as heretofore announced. This change is made to accommodate the increased attendance. On the conclusion of this course of series, the meetings will be held as heretofore at Riverview Hall. -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 21, 1878.
NELSON BARBOUR LEARNS FROM CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL
BARBOURITES NOT "SECOND ADVENTISTS" EITHER
Rochester, New York
[National Comvention] (edited)
August 29, 1881
About seventy-five*** members of the "Churoh of the Ecclesia," from abroad, yesterday morning attended the opening service of the [ten day] national convention of that body which is to be held during the present week, at the Church of the Stranger, on the corner of Court and Stone streets. Dr. N. H. Barbour, of this city, conducted the services. At the afternoon session, [Arthur] P. Adams***, of Beverly, Mass., spoke and at 6:30 Dr. Barbour lectured. (*** A. P. Adams and wife was one of the first Methodist Minister couples led into heresy by Charles Taze Russell. The most non-married delegates from one general area was NINE -- Greater Pittsburgh. This is just one more paragraph in the book entitled, "CTR: To Know Him Is To Despise Him".)
The members of the "Church of the Ecclesia" believe in the second coming of Christ, but differ from the Second Adventists in that they hold that the world is not to be destroyed. Dr. Barbour says: "We believe that the Second Advent will take place in October 1881, and that during the next seven years the church will be made incorruptible. At the end of seven years, the dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible, and then fulfil the saying: 'For this corruptible must be put on incorruption;' and in that condition we shall remain in this incorruptible flesh and life until the end of one thousand years. After this seven years is ended, in which the church shall put on incorruption, we believe that the seven last plagues will be poured out upon mankind, and for thirty-three years the world will pass through a baptism of flre. At the end of thirty years, Christ will take his seat on his throne, and reign over the nations; 'and all peoples and nations and languages shall serve and obey him.'"
JOHN H. PATON
The following trip to B. W. Keith's hometown would have been done under the auspices of Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society during the brief period between the end of Paton's relationship with Barbour and the soon end of Paton's relationship with CTR.
Eld. J. H. Paton of Almont, Mich., will preach at Whiteman's hall next Saturday evening ... [Sunday morn, aft, and evening] ... A cordial invitation is extended to all. -- The Danville Express, May 13, 1880.
Long distance associate of Charles Taze Russell and Nelson Barbour, Hugh Brown Rice, of California, and publisher of the short-lived magazine, THE LAST TRUMP, was variously a Presbyterian Minister and a Christian Church minister, who once pastored in Norwalk, Ohio, and thus knew some of the local Second Adventists who personally knew Jonas Wendell and George Stetson, and later, Charles Taze Russell and Benjamin Keith.
We always have had the feeling that Rice may have had problems being completely honest with public disclosures, and such may have occurred when he closed out THE LAST TRUMP after only a few months of publication. We don't know what Rice told his subscribers, Russell, Barbour, etc., but in May 1879, Rice was selected for a Los Angeles Grand Jury. Given that Rice was likely doing everything required to be done with THE LAST TRUMP, impanelment would be enough to put the new magazine out of business.
Obviously, not needed to connect H. B. Rice to Second Adventism, the THE LAST TRUMP's "motto", which appears unpublished until now, will put any question to rest:
"Devoted specially to the investigation of
the time, manner, and object of the second coming of our Lord."
CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL: DOCTRINAL "SIFTER", or "WHOLESALE THIEF"?
THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
May 29, 1866
MESSIANIAN EVANGELICAL SECOND Advent Conference, of Pennsylvania, will hold its annual session in Washington Hall, S. W. corner of EIGHTH and SPRING GARDEN Streets. The opening sermon will be preached by Rev. L. OSLER, of Providence, R. I. this Tuesday evening, the 29th of May. Morning session on Wednesday, at 10 1/2 o'clock. The Conference Sermon will be preached in the evening by Rev. W. H. SWARTZ, of Massachusetts. Ministers and members of all Evangelical Churches are cordially invited to attend and join us in the discussion of the following great and important questions: --
First. Is the coming of Christ a spiritual or a literal personal event.
Second. Is there probation extended to man after the coming of Christ.
Third. Is the Millennium to be in the new earth or on the old earth.
SECOND ADVENTIST PRESIDENTIAL ASSASSIN
In the April 1882 ZION'S WATCH TOWER, future ZWTTS Director William Mann briefly mentioned Charles Guiteau as a bringer of "odium" on Babylon the Great. How little Mann knew. Like someone else we know, Charles J. Guiteau claimed to be an "unaffiliated" believer in an imminent "Second Advent" after doing his own biblical research during the mid 1870s. Thereafter, Charles Guiteau authored a book entitled, "THE TRUTH". Charles J. Guiteau also traveled and lectured in undocumented locations. It is known that Charles Guiteau visited California and Boston, and had lectured in Wisconsin in Summer 1877. Charles Jules Guiteau also lectured in Washington D.C. in 1881.
GO AND HEAR CHARLES J. GUITEAU, (A Chicago lawyer and theologian,) on "Christ's Second Coming," and get some new and valuable ideas. He will show that the final judgment is now close at hand. See posters at the hotels and stores. Congregational Church, Friday, December 7, eight p. m. Admission twenty-five cents. -- The National Republican, Washington D.C., December 6, 1877.
KING CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL FOOTNOTE
May 26, 1913
Hon. William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State, U. S. A.
I am addressing you, and through you the Hon. President of this nation, and the honorable members of congress upon a subject which I believe to be of prime importance to our nation and to the world. I would have preferred to make this communication a private one, but believe that its object will be much better served if it be known at home and abroad that the suggestion comes from a native citizen, a minister of the gospel and an ambassador of Christ, rather than if the same suggestions were to emanate from some official of our government or from a politician.
The World's Peace Endangered
A year ago I visited Japan and observed the congested conditions there prevailing, and learned that her population is increasing very rapidly, while every foot of arable land is under "Intense" cultivation. Japan's need for room for her overflow population has already led her to grasp Korea, and it is no secret that she longs for possession of the Philippine Islands, and would be glad of a reasonable pretext for taking possession of them. Many broad-minded Americans have suggested that the United States has no desire to acquire colonies in an imperial sense, and that, therefore, the Philippine Islands should be surrendered to the Filipinos. The only objection urged against this move is that the Filipinos are not as yet sufficiently advanced in civilization to properly govern themselves. And those most intimate with the situation have not the slightest doubt that if the United States withdrew from the Philippines, the Japanese government would immediately take control, and would be inundated with Japanese -- undoubtedly to their benefit as the latter people are more thrifty and prudent and energetic than the Filipinos.
Some Startling Suggestions.
I suggest that the United States government select from amongst the Philippine Islands one island suitable as a naval base, and tender to Japan the opportunity to take over the Philippine Islands at precisely the same they have cost the United States. This would give our neighbors of the Far East exactly what they want, at no price at all compared with the cost of war. Additionally, it would make them our friends and surely all Americans desire a world-wide friendship with all nations. I advise that this step be taken speedily, because there is a "jingo" party in Japan bent upon the acquirement of the Philippines, which party will always be ready to take advantage of such trifles as the California alien law to incite hatred against the United States and to force their government, against its judgment, to seize the Philippines.
It is human nature for the Japanese to want those islands -- to feel that they need them. It is practical common sense to say that they can take them whenever they are ready. The Unites States could not retake the Philippines except at the expense of many lives and thousands of millions of dollars -- if at all.
Our Japanese neighbors flushed with their victory over the Russian navy, and courageous and proud-spirited, anyway, realize fully their ability to capture the Philippines and probably to hold them but they do not realize that a war with America would he a very different one from that with Rusia -- that American pride and valor would spend thousands of lives and thousands of millions of dollars, rather than surrender to Japan. Pride, courage, self-esteem, confidence, on both sides are the real dangers. Surely wisdom should dictate to both nations that, in the interest of peace, cause for friction should be as far as possible eliminated. I believe that no more fair, no more just, no more honorable method for adjudicating this matter can be found than that we are suggesting -- the sale of the islands at cost to the Japanese.
Japan would give the Philippines a splendid government -- better, I believe than would any other nation under the sun except our own government. No one can visit the Philippines with out feeling pride for what America has done for that people -- and one in so unselfish and noble a manner, as an elder brother amongst the nations helping a younger brother. Under no circumstances would I favor turning the Philippines over to the domination of a barbaric people. The Japanese are not barbarians, but highly civilized.
My discourse in Washington, May 25th, "Peace Desirable, War a Necessity", was evidently misunderstood by some of my peace friends. While I claimed that nations have never been able to avoid war, and that, they never will be able to wholly avoid it until the inauguration of Messiah's kingdom, nevertheless I believe that all lovers of peace, should unite their hearts and voices and pens and every energy in removing all unnecessary friction between nations, by doing in advance those things which would make for peace and by promoting them. For instance, if the move I am suggesting were delayed until the Japanese had made an attack upon the Philippines, it would be too late. American pride would never consent to an overture of sale under distress, nor would the Japanese probably be willing to purchase them. Now seems to be the psychological moment, and, as stated at first, it seems best that these suggestions should come from an ambassador of Christ, rather than from a politician of any party, so that partisan feeling may not interfere, but our nation as a whole approve and uphold and carry speedily forward this peace-promoting measure. I call for its endorsement by peace societies and all who believe that war should be only a last resort.
Faithfully yours, a servant of the Lord Christ Jesus,
C. T. Russell
The fourth volume of what seems to be a serial work under the general title of "Millennial Dawn" comes fresh and, it would be quite proper to say, hot from the press of the Tower Publishing Company of Allegheny, Pa. It is referred to by the publishers as "a helping hand for Bible students." The writer professes to be an interpreter of the signs of the times as well as of the Bible, and his conclusion is that things are getting worse and worse, and that the nations are hastening on to their judgment. Like all persons who have a special theory to advocate, he turns everything into grist for his mill. The prophecies of the Bible all point in one way -- his way. All who have presumed to differ from his conclusions are faise prophets. It is such books that tend to make intelligent people disgusted with the Bible and its professed interpreters. -- THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1898.
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