Vol.II No.III Pg.6
April 1965

False Prophet Folly

Robert F. Turner

This is our "Quotations" page, and is usually devoted to quotes from the pages of church history. This month, however, we quote from a booklet now out of print, and not easily available to the public.

MILLI0NS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE was written by J. F. Rutherford, and printed by the International Bible Students Assc., in 1920. Its argument is fallacious and foolish, and its predictions utterly false.

The next time a so-called "Witness" comes to your door; or current "radio Prophets" begin their calculations on "the last days"; remember this bit of foolishness. The mighty "Judge" Rutherford has fallen; as will all those of today who pattern after him.

"The Lord commanded Moses to institute the Sabbath system the year that Israel entered the land of Canaan, which was 1,575 years before A. D. 1; Lev. 25:1-12) and every 50th. year should be unto them a year of jubilee. This was done on the 10th. day of the 7th. month, the day of atonement.****

Other Scriptures show that there were to be 70 jubilees kept. (Jer. 25:l1 2 Chron. 36:17-21) A simple calculation of these jubilees bring us to this important fact: 70 jubilees of 50 years each would be a total of 3,500 years. That period of time beginning 1575 before A. D. 1 of necessity would end in the fall of the year 1925, at which time the type ends and the great antitype must begin. **** The chief thing to be restored is the human race to life; and since other Scriptures definitely fix the fact that there will be a resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and other faithful ones of old and that these will have the first favor, we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of death, being resurrected and fully restored to perfect humanity and made visible, legal representatives of the new order of things on earth." (pp. 87-88)

(According to elaborate calculations - symbolic times of 360 years, to total 2,520 years of "Gentile dominion" Rutherford said the world would "begin to end" and Messianic power and "the new order" manifested, in the year 1914. pp. 14-16 rft)

"As we have heretofore stated, the great jubilee cycle is due to begin in 1925. At that time the earthly phase of the kingdom shall be recognized. The Apostle Paul in the 11th. chapter of Hebrews names a long list of faithful men who died before the beginning of the selection of the church. These can never be a part of the heavenly class; they had no heavenly hopes; but God has in store something good for them. They are to be resurrected as perfect men and constitute the princes or rulers in the earth, according to his promise. (Psalms 45:16 Isaiah 32:1 Matt. 8:11) Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter 11, to the condition of perfect perfection." (pp. 89-90) FALSE PROPHET - (Deut. 18:20-.)