Jehovah's Witnesses Conspiracy Theories - 2

Note:  Below are a series of comments seeking to somehow link, by association, Russel with the Masons.  Although, Russell claimed to have had no association with the Masons, these “Conspiracy” sources nevertheless persist to pound this broken drum.   Note the quote from Wikipedia about Russell’s use of masonic symbols.

Note: Use of Masonic symbolism  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Taze_Russell

Some have claimed that various symbols Russell employed in his published literature are Masonic in nature, and that such associations implied he engaged in occult activity. In later editions of the Studies in the Scriptures series a winged solar disk was stamped on the front cover, a symbol that is also associated with Freemasonry.[citation needed] However, Russell's use of the winged solar-disk originated from his understanding of Malachi 4:2, which denotes a sun with wings, as a symbol that Christ's millennial Kingdom had begun to emerge.[105] Some critics also claim that the pyramid near Russell's gravesite is Masonic,[65][106][107][108] because of its shape and its use of the Cross and Crown symbol, although this remains disputed.[109][110] The Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon has said that Russell was not a Freemason,[111][112] and notes that these symbols under discussion used are not exclusive to Masonry but pre-date the fraternity.[113]  [ Malachi 4:2  But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings; and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall.]

Note: Malachi 4:2 [AMP] But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy.

Note:  In June 1913, during a transcontinental speaking tour, Russell lectured in a Masonic hall in San Francisco, saying:

Although I have never been a Mason ... Something I do seems to be the same as Masons do, I don't know what it is; but they often give me all kinds of grips [ secret handshakes ] and I give them back, then I tell them I don't know anything about it except just a few grips that have come to me naturally.[114]

 Throughout his ministry he [Russell] said that he believed Christian identity is incompatible with Freemasonry.[115] He described Freemasonry, Knights of Pythias, Theosophy, and other such groups as "grievous evils" and "unclean".[116][117]

 Note:  The following below are “arguments” seeking to dispute Russell’s words even though the record of his writings never consciously produced the link they seek.  When you examine closely the content of these criticism, they even explain the irrelevance of many of the inference they are seeking to prove. 

https://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/davinci-freemason.php

 Comments Continue:  The Cross and Crown is also referred to as the Knight's Templar, as it is used to identify the Freemasonry group the Knight's Templar, in honour of the 12th century Knights that are said to have devoted their lives to the crusades, protecting pilgrims to Jerusalem, and guarding the Holy Grail.

A Wreath surrounds the Cross and Crown that appeared on The Watch Tower cover. The wreath symbol also is used in the United Nations and Star Trek logos, both heavily influenced by Freemasons.

Note:  This then assumes that the United Nations and Star Trek were both of Masonic origin and by implication assumes that they both peddle Masonic beliefs.  Really? 

Comments Continue:   The Winged Sun Disk, an Egyptian religious symbol used by Freemasons and occult groups, appeared on the cover of some editions of Studies In the Scriptures Series.

 To understand why Russell had an interest in the All Seeing Eye, we can look to the meaning Freemasons bestowed upon it, as explained by Albert G. Mackey, M.D."What is the source of this symbol and its meaning? An important symbol borrowed by the Freemasons from the nations of antiquity. Among the Egyptians, Osiris, their chief deity was symbolized by an open eye." The eyes of Jehovah are in every place," beholding and watching, the evil and the good. The "All-Seeing Eye" is a symbol of watchfulness and the eye of the Grand Architect. It is the symbol of his Divine watchfulness and care of the Universe. The All-Seeing Eye, whom the Sun, Moon, and Stars obey, and under whose watchful care even comets perform their stupendous revolutions, pervades the inmost recesses of the human heart, and will reward us according to our merits. The "Rays" represent "Light". Freemasons are emphatically called "The Sons of Light" because they are entitled to be in possession of the true meaning and knowledge of this symbol. It is in fact the first of all symbols presented to the initiate, and continues to be presented to him in various forms throughout his Masonic career. But as Light not only came from God, it also makes mans way clear before him, so it is employed to signify moral truth. Prov. 15:8 [sic Proverbs 15:3]  Psalm 33:18" phoenixmasonry.org/ (15 Jan 2005)

Note:  The ‘eyes of Jehovah” occurs 34 times in the American Standard Version.  Proverbs 15:3  “The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, Keeping watch upon the evil and the good.”  Psalm 33:18  “Behold, the eye of Jehovah is upon them that fear him, Upon them that hope in his lovingkindness;” . . .    What is wrong with symbolizing these Scriptures?  Russell’s belief that the Giza Pyramid was built by Israelite slaves and its design was influenced by “Jehovah” would make this to be a meaningful symbol to him.

Note:  Sons of Light occurs 2 times in the New Testament.   John_12:36  While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them.

1Thessalonians 5:5  for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness;

The comment continues and apparently quotes the Masonic Dictionary to explain the use of the “All seeing eye” symbol:   " On the same principle, the open eye was selected as the symbol of watchfulness, and the eye of God as the symbol of Divine watchfulness and care of the universe. The use of the symbol in this sense is repeatedly to be found in the Hebrew writers. Thus, the Psalmist says, Psalm xxxiv, 15 : "The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry," which explains a subsequent passage (Psalm cxxi, 4), in which it is said: "Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. " masonicdictionary.com/eye1 (15 Jan 2005)

Note:  Their own quote discredits their assertion that Russel used these symbols because he was a Mason.  He was just being “Scriptural.”

The Comment continues:  The Tetragrammaton and word Jehovah have been used by Freemasons over the centuries.

Note:  So does the American Standard Version translation.  Does that make them masonic also?

The Comment continues:  The star on the original Watchtower seal has Masonic connotations, being used on Masonic Seals.

These columns [column symbols used by Russell]  have Masonic origins, as explained at sacred-texts.com;

“ . . . .   The pillar or column on the right, or in the south, was named, as the Hebrew word is rendered in our translation of the Bible, JACHIN: and that on the left BOAZ. Our translators say that the first word means, "He shall establish;" and the second, "in it is strength."

Note:  The symbolism of “Two Columns” makes it masonic?  Apparently, the Nation of Israel down to Jesus’ day was anticipating the Masons and so Jehovah fashioned two Columns to guard the Temple Entrance into the Holy Place.  I hope no one takes these comments serious. 

The article concludes:

Conclusion

The 1933 book Occult Theocrasy, tracing religious occult beliefs throughout history, includes an apt discussion of The Watch Tower.

"In 1879 Russell founded The Watch Tower of which he was the sole editor. The Russellite teaching, drawing its own arbitrary conclusions and proclaiming them as final, professes to prove from Biblical sources that all Christian churches are evil and corrupt, that the time of the Gentiles ended in 1914, and that the Jews must henceforth reign supreme over the world. It also elaborates an occult dogma alleged to be based on biblical precedents."1

The Article Continues:  A look at the history of Jehovah's Witnesses show Russell was greatly influenced by Masonic teachings, partly due to the views of Adventist teachers around him. These were not a minor error on his part, but rather well developed teachings that were promoted for fifty years, well into the leadership of Rutherford. Long after Jesus is said to have inspected and cleansed his organization in 1919, Jehovah's Witnesses continued to promote these pagan views as truth. It is difficult to reconcile these teachings with Watchtower statements that they are the only channel the Lord uses to feed his members with truth, and that there has been no significant change in the truths they have promoted.

Sources 1 Occult Theocrasy, Volume 1, Lady Queenborough Edith Starr Miller (published posthumously for private circulation only, 1933) p.539

Note: Edith Starr Miller, Lady Queenborough (July 16, 1887 – January 16, 1933) was a New York socialite, author and anti-Mormon agitator.   https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Edith_Starr_Miller

Note:  Would anyone really quote this source as “authoritative?”  In my former critique “Jehovah’s Witnesses Conspiracy Theories” mentioned this issue, I trust I was able to add some clarity to all these bogus claims.  JW.html

I also must note that none of the more sordid activities reported in the “Jesus-is-savior” site were even mentioned in this latest offering.  https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Jehovah%20Witnesses/jw.htm

Please let me know if you challenge any of my findings above.  I only want to clarify things, not promote misinformation.  Some of the assertions made at our meeting were, in my opinion, blatantly false.  They involved some people I know personally and have no reason to believe such statements are true.  That is the main reason I spoke up.  Gossip, in any form, is uncalled for.  (James 3:1-12)   If any of these devilish activities were knowingly present within the JW Organization, I am sure Ray Franz would have mentioned them in his two books.  Of course, a response may be, he didn’t mention them because he was a part of them.  That, in my opinion, would be a wicked statement to make without unassailable proof.

  

Nils