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TRUTH TRIUMPHANT

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INDEX

Page
Chapter I.

Where Are the Dead? 9

(Part 2) 15

(Part 3) 18

Chapter H.
What Is the Soul? 22

(Part 2) Passages from the Holy Book Which Point to
the Immortality of the Soul 27

Chapter HI.
By Which Also He Went and Preached Unto the Spirits in

Prison 32

(Part 2) Angels Preferred to Human Beings 34

(Part 3) The Fallen Angels Have Changed 35

(Part 4) Jesus Preached to Those Spirits 39

Chapter IV.
All the Passages in the Holy Bible in Which is Mentioned the
Word Hell 40

Chapter V.
The Punishment of the Wicked is Torment and Not Complete

Destruction 55



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WDEX— Continue J Page

Chapter VI.
The Rich Man and Lazarus 66

Chapter VII.
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats 69

Chapter VIII.
Hell, Where the Worms Dieth Not and the Fire is Not
Quenched 73

Chapter IX.
The Almighty God, the Father 76

Chapter X.
The Son 79

Chapter XL
The Holy Spirit 80

Chapter XII.

Worship Due the Almighty God, the Father Only, and None
Beside Him 85

Chapter XIII.
Prison of the Spirits 89

Chapter XIV.
The Justice of God 99

Chapter XV.
Sinner and Saviour_. 101



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INDEX— Condnue J Page

Chapter XVL
Christ the First Born of the Dead 103

Chapter XVII.
Binding and Loosening 106

Chapter XVIII.
Christ and the Thief 108

Chapter XIX.
The Transfiguration 110

Chapter XX.
The Sabbath Day 113

Chapter XXL
The Parable of the Mustard Seed 115

Chapter XXII.
The Parable of the Leaven 117

Chapter XXIII.
Seven Epistles 118

Chapter XXIV.

Christ's Coming and Signs Preceding It 120

(Part 2) The Great Whore is Christianity 125

(Part 3) The Signs Preceding Christ's Coming 127

(Part 4) The Abomination of Desolation 128

(Part 5) The False Christ 132



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mDEX— Continued Page

Chapter XXV.
Explanation of Certain Passages From the Book of Revelations. 137

Chapter XXVI.
The Judgment Day 141

Chapter XXVII.
A Word On Reincarnation 144



PREFACE

Having by chance come across some of Pastor Russell's relig-
ious articles and finding to my surprise the misleading and often
blasphemous statements therein, I thereupon took upon myself the
duty of "Proving that which is right and destroying that w^hich is
misleading and untrue," which is the essence of this part of my book,
hoping that every one who studies my little book diligently to easily
discern between right and wrong, between light and darkness and to
consider my proofs wisely, as all are presented from the Bible itself,
proving one passage or statement by another in another part of the
Holy Bible.

Hoping that my book shall sow seeds of truth and honest re-
ligious views among its readers, this being my sole and only desire.

On studying Pastor Russell's articles the reader can easily see
on what he has founded his misleading religious views, the corner-
stone of all, I dare say, his writings being the idea that "Man dies
both physically and spiritually and real complete death, both body
and soul perishing in the grave." Consequently no one has entered
heaven, as their souls all perished. The above idea he deduced from
what God said to Adam, Gen. 2-17, "The day that thou eatest there-
of thou shalt surely die," and again the words of Christ to Nico-
demus, John 3-13, "And no man hath ascended up to heaven but
he that came down from heaven. (Even the Son of Man which is
in heaven) and again from the words of Peter to the Israelites,
Acts 2-34, "For David is not ascended into the heavens."

By God's help I am determined to destroy the foundation on
which the above misleading views have been founded, and the whole
structure will collapse and its fall shall be great.



CHAPTER I.

"WHERE ARE THE DEAD?"

This is the subject of one of Russell's articles, published in the
"Public's Paper," an Arabic paper of New York. The writer in-
tends to convince us that the dead, both wicked and righteous, are
all completely perished, both physically and spiritually, and that no
human soul has entered heaven yet. Russell started it off by the fol-
lowing words of St. Peter to the Israelites, Acts 2-29: "Men and
brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that
he is both dead and buried and his sepulchre is with us unto this day."
Then he omitted up to verse 34, and said : "For David is not ascended
into the heavens."

From what has passed, you see, dear brethren, that the writer,
Russell, has selected the phrases which suit his purpose when not
considering their relations with what has preceded or what fol-
lows; he therefore omitted all the verses which explain the above
quoted words of St. Peter, and which undoubtedly give the real
meaning. If we review what St. Peter said from verses 22-34 we
see that he was telling them about Jesus Christ, that he was ap-
proved of God among them with miracles, wonders, signs, etc., until
he got to verse 25, he said: "I foresaw the Lord always before my
face, for He is on my right hand that I should not be moved." Is
it not plain, dear brethren, that at first glance one is very apt to
understand as if David spoke so of himself? Therefore, to explain
the matter clearly, St. Peter explained as follows: "Because David
did not ascend to heaven." David spoke of Christ, or in other
words David said so while he was living in the body before he



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ascended to heaven and before he saw the Lord before him always
we can discern that what is mentioned in verses 25-28 does not refer
to himself but to Christ; then St. Peter added the following (30th),
Therefore being a prophet (David) he seeing (31st) this before,
spoke of the resurrection of Christ, etc. But as to Christ's words
about himself, John 3-13, "No man hath ascended unto heaven but
him that descended from heaven, the Son of Man," does not give
the meaning which Russell wants or wishes, because Christ said this
before He died physically or arose spiritually, while yet on earth, be-
fore He ascended from the Mt. of Olives. 11 the above incidents
were yet in the future — the passage speaks of it in the past tense —
"and no man hath ascended" — hath ascended is past, denoting some-
thing already taken place — we also know or understand from it that
He ascended to heaven before He descended from it and Mary con-
ceived of Him, and this ascent is another than the one from the Mt.
of Olives, which was yet to come. He who wishes to know from
where Christ ascended before He descended to the earth, has to
turn to chapter 16 of this book. H Christ intended to refer to His
ascent from the Mt. of Olives, then yet in the future. He would
have used the future tense, and said, "No one shall ascend into
heaven but he who descended from heaven." How could Russell
have used the past tense for the future tense — and built on it mis-
leading views and give it to the public — is he mistaken, or does he
believe that Christ did not know the difference between past and
future tense, and he wants to correct Christ's mistakes.

Do you see, brethren, how right triumphs against wrong, and
how a small light chases darkness? Another text which he took as
a foundation for his misleading is found in Genesis 2-17: "When
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," and is what God said to
Adam. This does not denote what Russell intends that God's



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words to Adam literally mean death, both physically and spiritually,
but means spiritual death — because God spoke to Adam's soul, the
diamond within, and not to the physical body. He spoke to the
inner person. Romans 7-22: For I delight in the law of God
after the inward man, which is the spirit and not the outward
person, which is the body. He spoke to the inner person, which
does nott perish, and not the outward, which perishes. II Cor. 4-16:
For which cause we faint not but through our outward man perish,
yet the inward man is renewed day by day. He spoke to the inner
person — the soul — which desires to depart from the body and be
with Christ; Phi. 1:23. He did not pseak to the body, which
profiteth nothing as Christ said in John 6-63. He spoke to the
spirit which is from Him whose nature does not accept death. For
man became a living soul; Gen. 2-7, "And the Lord God formed
man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living soul." He did not speak
to the physical body, which naturally dies. Because God did not
say about the body that it became a living body as he said about
the soul. Death refers to the death of the soul in sin, which St.
Paul, who understood God's word more than Russell, spoke about
in Collusses 2-13: "And you, being dead in your sins, hath He
quickened, together with Him having forgiven you all trespasses."
Ephesians 2:1 — "And you hath He quickened, who were dead in
trespasses and sins." (5th verse) Even when we were dead in sins,
hath quickened us, together with Christ (by grace ye are saved)
and did not say being dead physically, and real death.

God's words to Adam, "Thou shalt surely die," refers to the
death of the spirit in sin and not real death of both body and soul,
as Russell teaches, or it would have been necessary for Adam
to die the day he sinned and not lived 930 years — because God said



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"the same day." And what Russell says that one day refers to
1000 years, is nothing but a means to get around something so as
to get the meaning he wants. H it is proven that one day means
1000 years, it will then be proven that Adam died a real death in
body and soul, and all the teachings of Russell will be true, as
they are built on this one foundation. But if we destroy this foun-
dation and we prove that one day means 24 hours, we then prove
that Adam died in sin spiritually. Therefore, all the teachings of
Russell shall be proved to be misleading.

The point to make clear now is this: Whether one day means
1000 years, as Russell believed, or whether it is 24 hours ( an or-
dinary day). Let us now know the real meaning of one day. The
prophet David said: "1000 years in Thine eyes are like one day
or a watch of the night," and did not say "a day" but "like a day."
He meant that 1000 years before God compared to His existence
is like a day or a watch of the night in mans short life, in the body.
Why did Russell select the day and not the watch of the night,
while the watch of a night gives greater meaning to what David
said and meant. God said : "There was evening and there was
morning, a day," and did not say morning and evening a 1000
years, and did not say that the 1000 years are one day. Had God
meant a day to be a 1000 years He would have said, "And there was
365,000 evenings and 365,000 mornings, a day," because there are
about so many evenings and mornings in 1000 years. If any one
believes that the explanation of Pastor Russell for this passage is
true, I beg of him to note carefully now what follows. God said
to Adam, Gen. 2:17 — "The day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt
surely die," and God said again to Adam in Gen. 3:17 — "In sorrow
shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life." If "the day" in the first
passage means 1000 years as Pastor Russell believed, then "the days"



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mentioned in the second passage and not definite means thousands
of years. It is not possible for us but to consider the day in the first
passage and the days in the second passage of one kind, because they
were said by the one God. We therefore can not flee from one of
two facts, either to consider one day 1000 years and the days a
number of thousands of years and to contradict God and say that
he ought to have said, "All thy life, which is less than one day," and
not to use the plural, saying, "All the days of thy life," because
Adam did not live 1000 years (considering (1) one day to be 1000
years), or else to contradict Pastor Russell, which is the right thing
to do, and say that the day means 24 hours only. And as Adam
did not die physically the day he ate of the tree, as God said, then
we conclude positively that God did not mean Adam's death spirit-
aully and physically and his complete destruction, as Pastor Russell
believes. But means Adam's spiritual death in sin. And no doubt
that God knew before Adam's creation that his life on earth would
be 339,500 days, so he used the plural and said "all the days of your
life." Had He meant the day to be a thousand years He would have
said to Adam, "All your life," which is less than a day. Knowing
that Adam's life in the body was going to be less than a thousand
years, therefore when He spoke to him, Gen. 3:17,18,19, "And unto
Adam He said. Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy
wife, and hast eaten* of the tree, of which I commanded thee, say-
ing, thou shalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake; in
sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns also and
thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of
the field." Also, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread."
Thus ended the verdict for physical punishment. God's words, "Till
thou return unto the ground, for out of it wast thou taken ; for dust
thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return," does not come under



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the sentence of punishment, but as a time limit, or that the punish-
ment shall be on Adam all the days of his life, 339,500 days, till
he returns to the ground, because the physical body any way returns
to the ground, be it wicked or righteous. But if Pastor Russell sticks
to his view, which is that the verdict of death was passed on both
spirit and body because of sin — as the penalty of sin is death — then
he would be obliged to prove to us about all the animals, beasts,
birds, insects, reptiles, etc., from the largest as the elephant and
whale to the smallest micro-organism, of which we have thousands
of species, and have the same life that we have. Why do they die
a physical death like man, as the death of both is the same? Ecc.
3:19, "As the one dieth, so dieth the other, which means that man
and beast die the same.

If he says that all these animals die because of Adam's sin,
then he contradicts the Book saying. The father's have eaten a
sour grape and the children's teeth are set on edge. For we who
are Adam's offspring died through his sin, and not the beasts,
insects, etc., as their origin is different from ours; and if he says
that their forefathers sinned as did ours, then he is called upon to
give the names of the sinful ancestors of every species and tell us
what was their individual sin, proving what he has to say from the
Holy Bible. Being certain that he cannot answer our 1 egal question
to make us believe what he claims to know, we therefore ask him
to believe what we have to say about the passage "Thou shalt surely
die," and that it means death in sin only, or he will be of those who
do not submit to reason. The spirit does not die real death, as it is
from God who does not die, but shall die spiritual death in sin, which
is falling from a high to a low spiritual condition. But the body
naturally dies, as it is from the earth and to earth shall return.



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We therefore understand clearly that the sentence of death did
not touch the body — the punishment of which being sorrow, trouble,
etc. On the other hand, the verdict against the spirit of Adam was
spiritual death in sin, which began the day he broke the command-
ment and disobeyed God. If it was real death and absolute destruc-
tion of body and soul, as Pastor Russell thinks, he would have died
and been destroyed the day he sinned and not lived 339,500 days,
fighting nature afflictions, etc. Having understood that "the day"
mentioned in the first passage is of the same variety as "the days"
mentioned in the second passage (24 hours) and that it is not 1000
years, and having proven that Pastor Russell's explanation is not true
and that Adam did not die the death Pastor Russell wanted him to
have died, and having understood that God did not pass a verdict
of real death on Adam's spirit, but on the contrary a death in sin,
which is a fall to a low condition ; we therefore conclude that the
spirits of men are not dead and with their bodies in an earthly grave,
as Pastor Russell believes ; but all souls are living as Christ said in
Luke 20:38, "For He is not a God of the dead but of the living;
for all live unto Him." And as Paul said in II Cor. 4:16, That the
inward man, which is the spirit, shall never perish. Therefore —

"WHERE ARE THE DEAD?"
PART II.

Those who are called dead are those who are dead in sin — their
bodies are in the earthly graves in the ground and their spirits in the
spiritual graves in the "pit." Ezek. 32:23, "Whose graves are set
in the sides of the pit," or in other words, hell, pit, prison, etc.,
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they are not dead, but asleep in the Lord. Their bodies in the
earthly graves like the bodies of the wicked, because "the body
profiteth nothing." John 6:63, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the
flesh profiteth nothing." Their souls are in heaven, the place of
rest and peace — in different spheres, every one according to what
he deserves, as is also the case in the place of punishment, as is
shown in chapter 13. After Pastor Russell had explained a great
deal and mixed up physical and spiritual things and not discerning
between them, and after bringing forth all the beliefs of the differ-
ent christian denominations and of other religions too, as to the pun-
ishment of the wicked, and that all of them believe that punish-
ment is torment — he said that if our punishment was everlasting
torment, it would have been necessar\^ for Christ to be punished
forever for our sins. Then he said that the righteous died for the
wicked. I am surprised to see a man like Pastor Russell teaching
such things, that Christ came to be punished for us. Supposing that
our punishment was destruction of body and soul as Pastor Russell
believes, then what is death? Is it not the outcome fruit of sin?
Did Christ come to pluck the fruit only and retain the trunk to
give forth new fruit all the time? If it was so, then Christ would
have to remain in punishment, death or destruction as Pastor Russell
believes, so long as the tree bears fruit. Does Pastor Russell believe
that God neglects us to such an extent as to leave the tree and
pluck the fruit only? Fortunately for us, this is not the case, for
the coming of Christ was not to die, but to be obedient unto death,
the death of the cross. Phi. 2:8, "And being found in fashion as a
man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even
the death of the cross." And to put away sin by sacrificing Himself.
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God sent His Son to uproot the tree which gave death so
that it will not endanger us in the future — this tree being disobedi-
ence, which brought on Adam and his offspring the death of sin.
Thanks to God and His mercies, that Christ, who is the second
Adam, has removed the tree of disobedience which the first Adam
planted. He uprooted it by obeying His Heavenly Father, even to
death, physical death on the cross. The same obedience which was
asked of the first Adam and which he could not fulfill, and which
caused his spiritual death, was fulfilled to the letter by Christ. Ro-
mans 5:18,19, "Therefore, as by the offense of one judgment came
upon all men to condemnation ; even so by the righteousness of one
the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." "For as
by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obe-
dience of one shall many be made righteous."

Listen to what Pastor Russell says in his book, "The Divine
Plan of the Ages," page 289, literally: "THE WORD RESUR-
RECTION (Anastasis in Greek) SIGNIFIES RAISING UP,
AS RELATED TO MAN ; IT SIGNIFIES RAISING UP MAN
TO THAT CONDITION FROM WHICH HE FELL TO
FULL PERFECTION OF MANHOOD — THE THING
LOST THROUGH ADAM." Here he contradicted his former
statement, that Adam died physically and spiritually, real death ;
which is the foundation of his teaching, and agreed with us that
Adam's death was spiritual and that he fell from a higher to a
lower plane, and that resurrection means raising up of sinners from
spiritual death to the state of spiritual perfection.

And on page 132 he said: "SUPPOSING THAT HALF
OF HUMANITY WERE OBEDIENT AND HAD NEITHER
EXPERIENCED NOR WITNESSED SIN; MIGHT THEY
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FORBIDDEN? THE HALF THAT WOULD GO INTO
DEATH, THEY WOULD BE LASTINGLY CUT OFF
FROM LIFE AND THEIR ONLY HOPE WOULD BE
THAT GOD WOULD IN TIME REMEMBER THEM."

Are not sayings like this laughable? How does he teach that
humanity is lastingly cut off from life and yet have hope? How can
this paradox take place? Nevertheless, Pastor Russell contradicted
himself in page 177, by saying, "UNDER THE DEATH PEN-
ALTY MAN DID NOT LOSE A SPIRITUAL BUT A HU-
MAN EXISTENCE." Then here again he agrees with us that
Adam did not lose his spiritual existence, but his death meant that
he was put away from God — like the prodigal son who returned
and whose father said, This my son was dead and came to life. He
certainly did not refer to physical death, but to death in sin spirit-
ually, meaning that w^hen the son was far from the father he was
dead, but on his return he regained life.

"CERTAIN PASSAGES REFERRING TO THE SUBJECT"

PART III.

Jesus said (John 8:51), "Verily, verily, I say unto you. If a
man keeps my saying he shall never see death." If this means the
death of both body and soul, as Pastor Russell believes, then Christ's
saying would not be true, because all died physically; those Avho be-
lieved in Him like the others. Even His disciples died, who un-
doubtedly kept His words. But if Pastor Russell's belief is not
true, as it is, and that death means spiritual death in sin, as h true,
then many by God's grace will have obtained the truthful promise
of Christ, and did not die spiritually, and shall never die. John
11:26, "And whosoever liveth (or is not dead in sin) and believeth



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on me, shall never die." H the above passage referred to the physi-
cal life, we would now see thousands and thousands of those who
believed in Him living now physically, because Christ's words must
be fulfilled. But as His words referred to spiritual death, many
would by God's grace have obtained His promise and not died spirit-
ually in sin and shall never die.

Turn to John 11 :25, "He that believeth on me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live." In other words, if one is dead in sin and
believes in Christ he shall live. This promise also has been fulfilled,
because many were dead in sin and imprisoned, and when He went
in the spirit and preached to them salvation, they believed in Him
and were saved from death in sin. John 5 :25, "Verily, verily, I say
unto you, the hour is coming and now is (or when He was speak-
ing) when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and
they that hear shall live." This promise also many have obtained by
God's grace of those who were dead in sin spiritually and living
physically hearkened to His voice, believed in Him and lived. But
His words in John 5:28,29, "For the hour is coming in the which
all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth;
they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they
that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation. This re-
ferred to something yet to happen, because He did not specify, say-
ing now, as said in the preceding quoted passage, this means those
who are in the spiritual grave in the bottom of the pit where the
rich man was buried. Those who heard Him after His death on
the cross and went in the spirit and preached to them in the prison,
which is the spiritual grave, and saved them, and He ever goes to
save souls until the last day. When those who are still hardened
shall be brought to condemnation and those who heard to life.



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John 6 :50, "This is the bread which cometh down from heaven,
that a man may eat thereof and not die. (51) I am the living bread


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