Bible Students believe that the purpose of the second advent is to bless all mankind, and renew the earth into the paradise conditions that existed in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus return to earth in power and glory to resurrect the righteous dead, bestow immortality and eternal life upon the resurrected and the living righteous, avenge the saints, and be glorified in them.
His earthly reign of one thousand years will be a universal kingdom in which all principalities, powers, and enemies are overcome. At its conclusion, the unrighteous will be resurrected to suffer annihilation at the great white throne judgment.
Who Are the Bible Students?
- The Bible Students are an independent, non-denominational Christian fellowship. Congregations are worldwide. Each local congregation is totally independent; we have no central headquarters.
- The servants or ministers are unpaid and elected from within our local congregations on an annual basis, based on Scriptural qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
- We take no collections. All expenses are met by unsolicited, voluntary contributions.
- In most cases, we hold no real estate. Most congregations generally meet in rented facilities. Smaller groups often meet in private homes.
Brother Russell Founded the Bible Students, not Jehovah’s Witnesses
This early Bible Student history book is written by Bro. Ken Rawson, a Bible Student elder who knew more Bible Students from Pastor Russell’s and JF Rutherford’s time than any other Bible Student elder alive today.
After the death of Pastor Russell in 1916, the purpose of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society changed drastically. Joseph Rutherford, whom Pastor Russell had recently dismissed from his staff, seized legal control of the Watch Tower, dismissed the majority of the Board of Directors, and established dictatorial authority. To Read more