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To begin this story, we must go back to the1800's. William Miller had begun a movement that became known as the Adventist movement or Millereritemovement around the early mid 1800's and predicted the return of Christ visibly on three occasions during the year 1844 after this disappointment the groupsplit up into several new movement two of those are known as theseventhday Adventist Church and the Advent Christian church. In 1871
Nelson H barber who had previously beenassociated with the Millerites published his view on the matter statingthat Christ would return visibly In 1873, when this failed he pushed the date to 1874, when Christ fail to appear once more instead of admitting his error, he beganteaching that his return had been invisible. He purportedly based his new conclusion on his findings in Benjamin wilson's the emphatic Diaglott translation of the New Testament
noticing in it that Matthew 24 the word the King James Version rendered coming is translated presence. Charles Taze Russell was born onfebruary sixteenth 1852 in old Allegheny Pittsburgh Pennsylvania he was the second son Joseph L. Russell 2nd Ann Elyza Birney. He was originally raised a Presbyterian When Russell was sixteenyearsold anda member of the Congregational Church in 1868, he found himself a losing faith
he had begun to doubt not only the churchcreeds and doctrines but also God and the Bible itself. At this critical juncture, a chance encounter restored his fate andplaced him under the influence of second adventist preacher JonasWendell. For some years after that, Russell continued to study Scripture withand under the influence of various adventist laymen and clergy, notably Advent Christian Church minister George W. stetson and the Bible examiners publisher George Stores.
From 1870, he met locally on a regularbasis with a small circle of friends to discuss the Bible. and this informal study group came toregard him as their leader or pastor. In January 1876, when he was 23 years old, Russell received a copy of the Herald of the morning, an Adventist magazine published by Nelson H. Barbour of Rochester New York. One of thedistinguished features of Barbours Group at that time, was thebelief that Christ returned invisibly in
1874 and this concept presented in the Herald captured Russell's attention. Although the idea appealed toyoung Charles Taze Russell, the reading public apparently refused to buy the story of an invisible second coming, with the result that Nelson H Barbours publication the Herald of the morning was failing financially. In the summer 1876, wealthy Russell,