'Millennial Dawn' is the original title of the volumes
published by Charles Russell, and his
teaching is sometimes known by that name. The reader
should be advised that Pastor Russell's works are
published under a variety of titles. We give those we
know. 'Millennial Dawn' was published in 1886. The
same works were re-published in 1911, as 'Studies in
the Scriptures'. Other publications bear the mark of
the 'Watch Tower and Tract Society', Brooklyn, N.Y.,
and 'Zion's Watch Tower', Pittsburgh, Pa. The
followers of this teaching are known as the
'International Bible Students League' or 'Association
' and should be carefully distinguished from the
I.B.R.A. the International Bible Reading Association,
with which it has nothing whatever in common. On the
title page of each of the first three volumes is a
statement concerning circulation :
Series l. 3,358,000 edition.
Series II. 1,320,000 edition.
Series III. 909,000 edition.
If you will not buy these publications they will be
offered you gratis. It may be as well to give
an idea of what they teach on some vital subjects :
The Lord Jesus Christ, before Bethlehem was a
spiritual Being, and none other than the
The Lord Jesus, when He was in the flesh, was a
perfect human being -- nothing more.
Regarding the keynote of the gospel -- the
resurrection of Christ, Russellism teaches :
'The man Jesus is dead, for ever dead'.
We know nothing, they say, of what became of Jesus'
body. It may have been dissolved into
gas; having been supernaturally removed, it may be
preserved somewhere as a grand memorial.
The above is enough for any child of God, but it may
be as well to mention another harmful
error. Russellism teaches that the second coming of
Christ took place in October 1874. The end of the age
was computed to be October, 1914. Since then Russell's
followers have revised his
chronology, and the last date for the rapture of the
saints of which we have heard was, we think, 1927.