PASTOR RUSSELL

 

Who and What Was He ?

 

†††† THE

†† WORLDíS

GREATEST

†† AUTHOR

†† EDITOR

LECTURER

INSTRUCTOR

†† PASTOR

 

EPITOME OF PASTOR RUSSELLíS LABORS DURING THE FORTY YEARS HARVEST OF THE GOSPEL AGE.

 

HE WAS BORN IN 1852 AND HIS LABORS ENDED WITH HIS DEATH, OCTOBER 31, 1916.

 

PUBLICATIONS

††††† Title†††††††††††† Date of Publication.†††††††† Circulation.

Object and Manner.............. 1878 .................. 50,000

†††††††† of Our LordísReturn

Food for Thinking Christians... 1881 .................1,400,000

Tabernacle Shadows............. 1881 .................1,500,000

Divine Plan of the Ages ....... 1886 ................ 4,817,000

The Time Is at Hand............ 1889 .................1,657,000

Thy Kingdom Come............... 1891 .................1,578,000

The Great Pyramid.............. 1891 .................1,578,000

The Day of Vengeance........... 1897 ...................464,000

The Atonement.................... 1899 ...................445,000

The New Creation .............. 1904 ...................423,000

The Hell Pamphlet.............. 1896..................3,000,000

The Parousia of Our Lord ............................... 300,000

Spiritism Pamphlet...................................... 500,000

Total,........................................... 18,212,000

 

EDITOR.

"Watch Tower and Herald of.....Yearly No Advertising.... 50,000

†††††††††††††††† Christís Presence"

"Bible Studentsí Monthly".......... """........... 50,000,000

 

LECTURER.

From 1878 until the last hour of his life, October 31, 1916.

 

Number of miles traveled .................................... 1,000,000

Number of lectures given (approximate)......................... 30,000

Field of service ........................................... The World

†††††† Died on train while on lecture tour.

 

NEWSPAPER WRITER.

Number of papers which published his sermons.....................4,000

Number of weekly readers ................................... 15,000,000

 

INSTRUCTION.

Number of assistant instructors maintained ........................275

Number of letters received yearly ............................ 400,000

 

CONVENTIONS.

Arranged for and conducted....................... from 5 to 40 each year

Average attendance................................... from 300 to 5,000

 

TRANSLATIONS.

Books translated into..................................... 19 languages

Bible Studentsí Monthly translated into...................35 languages

 

COMMERCIAL.

Entered business life at the age of 11 years.

 

Established a line of stores and started one of the first department stores in the United States.

 

At the age of 30 years had accumulated a fortune of over $300,000.

 

HISTORICAL.

In 1876 his attention was called to the Scriptures, showing our Lordís return and presence in 1874, the ending of the Gospel Age in forty years and the great dispensational change at hand.

 

In 1877, called a meeting of all the ministers of Allegheny and Pittsburgh, showed them the Scriptures which indicated our Lordís presence and urged them to investigate and proclaim the message.

 

RESULT-ALL of the ministers of the two cities were present.

 

RESULT-ALL of the ministers of the two cities refused to believe.

 

In 1877 he determined to give up secular work and devote his entire time and fortune to the work indicated in the Scriptures as incident to the close of the Gospel Age and changeof dispensation impending.

 

As a means of determining whether his course was in harmony with the Scriptures and also as a means of demonstrating his own sincerity, he decided to test the Lordís approval as follows:

 

(1) Devote his life to the cause.

 

(2) Invest his fortune in the promulgation of the work.

 

(3) Prohibit collections at all meetings.

 

(4) Depend on unsolicited contributions (wholly voluntary) to continue the work after

his fortune was exhausted.

 

In 1878, 50,000 copies of "Food for Thinking Christians" were distributed free at the doors of all the Protestant churches in the United States, Canada and Great Britain on two consecutive Sundays by A. D. T. messenger boys. The money for this distribution was

furnished gratuitously and unsolicited by a gentleman not in any way identified with the movement.

 

In 1878 he predicted the present world-wide war to commence about October, 1914.

 

Basing his prediction on the Scriptural teaching that the lease of gentile dominion ended at that date.

 

His life work was a defense of the Bible in the light of its own interpretation and the heralding of the good tidings of the Lordís Kingdom as a means of ending the present

distress of the nations.

 

He died penniless Oct. 31, 1916, at the age of 64 years.

 

His large fortunes and all donations had been used for mankind.