by Epiphany Bible Students

No. 429B


“The desert shall bloom: ‘Israel is the only nation in the world today where the desert is diminishing. In every other place on Earth the deserts are enlarging. Jerusalem Centre, April 1991’

“‘The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.’ (Isa. 35:1)” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, Third Quarter 1991)

Status Of Jerusalem: Non-Negotiable: The Israeli Government says ‘no negotiation’ at peace talks. The PLO want to negotiate. There’s an interesting Scripture which may refer to this time: ‘On that day when all nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.’ (Zech. 12:3)” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, Third Quarter 1991)

Israel Outnumbered – But God!: Who is on the side of Israel? It is easier to add up those who rather wish that she would ‘go away.’ This includes the Moslems, the Vatican, most all the cults, all of the communist countries and the majority of traditional Christians. Probably 3600M people or more.

“Who supports Israel? Fundamentalist evangelical Christians in the West; Zionist Jews and precious few others. Perhaps 60M. Odds 60:1 BUT GOD! The Bible is on the side of the minority!

“‘And they will dwell safely there, build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them;  and they shall know that I am the Lord their God.’ (Ezek. 28:26)

“‘He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the Lord God hath spoken it.’ (Isa. 25:8) Numbers mean nothing with God. Remember Gideon’s 300!” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, Third Quarter 1991)

Marvel At The Jews: If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the milky way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of; but he is heard of ­has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.

“His contribution to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning, are also out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world, in all ages; and he has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it.

“The Egyptian, the Babylonian and the Persian rose – filled the planet with sound and splendour then faded to dream-stuff and passed away: The Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise and they were gone. The Jew saw them all, beat them and is now what he always was – exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew: all other forces pass, but he remains. Mark Twain. Circa 1885.

“‘It is no accident – God ordained it! (Ed)’” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, Third Quarter 1991)

Israel’s Loss – The World’s Gain: In some strange and mysterious way the very existence of Israel reminds the people of God... People throughout the world even those who know nothing about the Bible, are vaguely aware that the Jews claim to be the people of God. Those who have even the slightest knowledge of the Bible are aware, sometimes uncomfortably aware that God has made promises to Israel that are everlasting... But there is the strange thing – the very rejection of Jesus by His own brothers, the nation of Israel, sent the good news of God’s amazing love into the world. If Jesus had been accepted by the Jews as their Messiah they would no doubt have kept Him to themselves as part of their own exclusive religion. God’s promise that all peoples on earth would be blessed through the Jews has already been fulfilled for a thousand million believers today. Prophecy Today, Volume 7, No. 3.” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, Third Quarter 1991)

Quotable Quotes: I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world, there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. By Napoleon Bonaparte.” (Christian Action for Israel Newsletter, First Quarter 1991)

A True Zionist: The letter titled ‘Zionist only as a ploy’ (July 19-25), which criticizes David Gross’ fine piece of July 5-11 on the late Pastor Charles Taze Russell, shows a lack of knowledge of the pastor’s teachings about the Jewish people and Israel.

“As I have proved in my book on the Pastor, as a faithful Zionist he urged the Jews not to convert but to remain faithful to the Torah faith.

“Second, he was not the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He did establish an International Bible and Tract Society that published millions of pamphlets espousing the Jewish cause and Israel.

“The name, ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ came into being only after Pastor Russell died, and his successors, especially a certain ‘judge’ Rutherford, betrayed Pastor Russell and became anti-Jewish and anti-Zionist.

“Pastor Russell not only was a true Zionist – he was a true friend of the Jews.” (David Horowitz, New York, NY - The Jewish Week, Inc., August 16-22, 1991)

The main reason Pastor Russell did not advocate conversion to the Nominal Christian Church, is because of their trinitarian belief. The Jews believe in one God, and so do Bible Students. They believe the Jewish people will recognize their Messiah in Jacob’s last trouble, if not before. Then the Jewish people will call on the Lord to deliver them, and He will fight for them “as in the day of battle.” (Zech. 14:1-3)

United Nations (WUP): It never fails, the opening of the annual UN Assemblies usually coincides with the beginning of our High Holy Days, and this year is no exception: The 46th session is faced with a multiple of agenda items including a great many on the Middle East. During their debate, the PLO, the Arabs and their Third World supporters plan to launch their perennial attacks against Israel. Opening day was Yom Kippur, Tuesday, the 17th of September, a date which also marks the 30th anniversary of the death of former UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjold.

What makes this session’s items on the Middle East more newsworthy and eagerly awaited, is the unexpected controversy President Bush sparked by his sharp September 12th statement angrily and bitterly challenging the Likud Government, the American-Jewish Leadership and Lobby and the Congress over the ten billion dollar loan guarantee sought by Prime Minister Shamir which Mr. Bush, during the Gulf war, had asked Israel to delay until now, as he had asked Jerusalem to hold back on the Scud missiles.

Mr. Bush wants 120 days before even the loan can be discussed. Nothing can be more ridiculous. He fears that a debate on the loan now will jeopardize the chance for an October peace conference. On the contrary, by his very request, he has already spoiled the chances for a successful peace conference.

Moreover, his constant stress on Jewish settlements as being “an obstruction to peace” and linking settlements – in any part of historic Israel – with the political issue of the conference, is a betrayal of an earlier pledge to facilitate emigration and settlement of both Soviet and Ethiopian Jews who alone are to benefit from the loan guarantee which Mr. Bush is ignominiously fighting. Shame!

In reply to the following query put to the President during his press conference, namely: “Mr. President, you said that a contentious debate could now actually keep some parties away from the peace table, yet the Israelis claim that those Arabs who have indicated a willingness to participate in the peace process have not made the settlement issue a precondition. They say that’s your precondition. As one columnist said this week, it’s your obsession. Is that fair?”

He gave this incriminating answer: “Well, I would simply say that I read some charges coming out of a source in Israel that we’d made a deal with the Arabs that we would fight this. That’s not true. That is factually incorrect, simply not true. No, it is my judgment, and Jim’s, and everybody else’s working this problem, and has been for months, that this is the approach we ought to take. Because we don’t want a contentious debate on settlements or anything else over there at this juncture. We want to get these parties to the table. And I don’t think it’s too much to have a 120-day delay. I think Congress should listen carefully to what I am asking for, and I hope they will go along with this...”

Regarding his arguments against Jewish settlements in land biblically decreed for Israel, President Bush might reflect on what one of his main Gulf war generals stated recently after a visit to Israel. Declared General Thomas Kelly, former director for operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“The West Bank mountains, and especially their approaches, are critical terrain if an enemy secures these passes, Jerusalem and all Israel become uncovered. Without the West Bank, Israel is only eight miles wide at its narrowest point. That makes it indefensible.”

The President has acted unwisely. He would have been more American and more in the spirit of his predecessors had he not been tempted by the evil spirit in him to turn away from the more important issues such as a firmer stand against Saddam Hussein who is now rearming his country with lethal weapons. Also he should have dealt more rigorously with the Zionism is racism Resolution.

In a statement released here last week, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation issued a 13-page document entitled “Removing the Stain of the United Nations – Zionism Is Racism Resolution,” written by Christopher Cacek, the important document opens thus:

“0ne of the worst stains on the reputation of the UN is the General Assembly’s 1975 vote to adopt Resolution 3379 condemning Zionism as a form of racism. While championing so-called national liberation movements throughout the Third World, the UN not only singled out the Jewish nationalist movement for criticism, but in perversion of history, falsely accused Israel of inflicting on others the same kind of injustice – racism – from which the Jews have suffered for centuries...”

This historic document, which this writer would advise every delegate here at the UN to study carefully, cites three basic reasons why the UN is duty-bound to repeal this vicious anti-Semitic Resolution 3379. [Rescission of the 1975 UN resolution declaring Zionism a form of racism was passed by the UN General Assembly December 17, 1991.]

Dear President Bush, this is the season of repentance and atonement. It is never too late even for a President to admit his error, confess his sins and sincerely change his ways! The Founding Fathers of this Republic demand it of you! (Behind The Scenes at the United Nations, 26 September 1991, by David Horowitz)

Iraq Reveals ‘Supergun’: Iraq has shown its long-feared ‘supergun’ – assembled but not operational – to UN inspectors, it was reported Monday.

“The barrel is 172 feet long – eight times longer than a conventional U.S. howitzer. Estimated range: up to 465 miles carrying conventional nuclear or chemical payloads up to 114 pounds.

“Iraq also admits trying to assemble a ‘doomsday gun’ to reach 200 miles into Israel with 39-inch-diameter shells.

“UN inspectors photographed the gun in the mountains north of Baghdad. They eventually will destroy it under terms of the Persian Gulf war cease-fire.

“The gun long was suspected to exist. ‘It just fits the pattern of the huge and varied arsenal’ of Saddam Hussein, says Tel Aviv University analyst Joseph Alpher.

UN officials revealed Monday that a U.S. U-2 spy plane flew over Iraq last weekend and photographed suspected weapons sites.” (USA Today, August 13, 1991)



 Dear Brethren: Grace and peace in the Name of our Beloved Savior!

Although you no doubt know many of the happenings of the takeover by “judge” Rutherford after the demise of our dear Pastor Russell, I am giving you the details as I know them. It was not long after the demise of Brother Russell, that “judge” Rutherford succeeded our Pastor as president of the Society.

In 1920 Rutherford published the booklet Millions Now Living Will Never Die. The booklet stated: “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old.” Needless to say that 1925 came and went without so much as a glimpse of those “faithful prophets.”

In 1929/30 a house was constructed in San Diego, California. It was named “Beth­Sarim,” meaning “House of the Princes.” According to the deed it was for the “faithful men who were named with approval in the Bible at Hebrews the eleventh chapter.” The deed was also to have been made out in the name of King David, but for legal purposes this was not permissible. The only known resident was “judge” Rutherford himself. The faithful prophets never showed up.

Years later the truth about “Beth-Sarim” would try to be buried in the past by the very ones who promoted it. The 1975 Yearbook of the Jehovah’s Witnesses made mention that the house was built from donations for Rutherford’s failing health. The Society to prove the house was built for Rutherford’s failing health quoted the book Salvation which mentions Beth-Sarim having been built- in California in 1929/30. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden to read old literature they cannot know the truth. What exactly did the book Salvation have to say in regard to Beth-Sarim? Exactly the purpose it was originally intended for, the return of the faithful prophets of old.

In the 1920s all Watchtower adherents went advertising the year 1925. Needless to say until this day, seventy years later, none of the faithful prophets of old returned or occupied Beth-Sarim. Most Jehovah’s Witness have no idea of a Beth-Sarim. The few who do know prefer to forget. In 1942 Rutherford died. In 1948, Beth-Sarim was quietly and secretly sold. Rutherford had wanted to be buried on the property of Beth-Sarim that he had long used and enjoyed while it awaited the return of the ancient prophets. It never happened! The area was not zoned for the creation of private cemeteries. The neighbors complained that to bury the “judge” where he had requested would lower their property value. It was also felt that Rutherford’s prospective tomb would become a monument, visited by Jehovah’s Witnesses from far and near. Hence, local officials refused to issue a burial permit. Watch Tower publications asserted bitterly that this was simply a last act of spite by the Devil’s organization against Jehovah’s faithful departed spokesman. The local Witnesses carried on a three-months battle to honor Rutherford’s last wish.

According to the Watchtower when San Diego County officials finally refused to honor Rutherford’s request, his remains were laid to rest in Rossville, New York, and were quickly forgotten by all but a few close friends. Beth-Sarim was also forgotten.

Years later it was to be divulged that all of Beth-Sarim was not sold. According to its new owners a small plot of land was still owned and held by the Society. A plot of land which would later be revealed as a grave. In a private conversation with Frederick Franz, current president of the Society, he was questioned about this “grave,” he bluntly stated: “Brother Rutherford is buried there!” Joseph Franklin Rutherford is buried there in an unmarked grave. He got his dying wish and so all the towns people and officials of San Diego, California, and all Jehovah’s Witnesses were deceived into believing Rutherford was buried in Rossville, New York – lied to by the ‘Faithful and Discreet Slave’ class, God’s channel of communication.

The Witnesses claim to be God’s organization on earth since 1914. God’s organization (?) has made gross errors and false predictions during their reign, and are still doing so. When God’s organization is on earth during His thousand-year reign, there will be no mistakes, no errors, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord. As Zeph. 3:9 assures us, He will then turn over a “pure language” to the people – a language all will understand.

God bless you as you seek to serve Him in sincerity and in truth.

Yours in His service, -------------- – (NEW YORK)


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ANNOUNCEMENT: The Memorial for 1991 is April 15 after six p.m.