July 2006

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15
More on Beth-Sarim

Despite a series of false prophecies about the return of Christ, the Watch Tower Society insisted that faithful men of old would be resurrected and help Jesus rule the world.

Rutherford explained, "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection" (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, pp. 89-90).

Of course they would need a place to stay especially prepared for them and San Diego, California was chosen.

Perhaps the clearest explanation for purchasing the property and building a mansion is the Watch Tower Society's version published in their publication, Salvation:

"At San Diego, California, there is a small piece of land, on which, in the year 1929 there was built a house, which is called and known as Beth Sarim. The Hebrew words Beth Sarim mean 'House of the Princes'; and the purpose of acquiring that property and building the house was that there are those on earth today who fully believe in God and Christ Jesus and in His Kingdom, and who believe that the faithful men of old will soon be resurrected by the Lord, be back on earth, and take charge of the visible affairs of earth. The title to Beth Sarim is vested in the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society in trust, to be used by the president of the Society and his assistants for the present, and thereafter to be forever at the disposal of the aforementioned princes on the earth ... It stands there as a testimony to Jehovah's name; and when the princes do return, and some of them occupy the property, such will be a confirmation of the faith and hope that induced the building of Beth Sarim." - Salvation, J.F. Rutherford, p. 311

It is truly amazing that the Watch Tower would purchase property that would house none other than a resurrected Abraham and other faithful men of old to help rule the New World order. One wonders how would you possibly recognize them if they "did" show up.

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Apparently, this wasn't a problem since Rutherford gave interviews and answered questions to the press. One such interview was published in the San Diego Sun, March 15, 1930

"But how will you identify King David or any of the other representatives from God?' Rutherford was asked. 'I thought all that out before I wrote the deed,' the judge replied with a twinkle in his gray eyes. 'I realized the possibility of some old codger turning up bright and early some morning and declaring he was David. The men whom I have designated to test the identity of these men are officers of my societies and have consecrated themselves to the Lord, they will be divinely authorized to know impostors from the real princes.'"

Nearly a year later, The San Diego Sun of Jan 9 1931 wrote:

"A gaunt unshaven tramp has been the lone claimant for the $75,000 Southern Californian mansion of David, king of Israel, since it was deeded to the Biblical character a year ago. This was revealed today by Judge James Rutherford, temporary owner of the luxuriantly furnished Spanish type mansion at 4440 Braeburn Rd in the exclusive Kensington Heights district. In one of the oddest deeds ever recorded, Rutherford, president of the International Bible Students Association and the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, has placed in trust the magnificent estate for ancient kings and prophets of Israel. The slayer of Goliath and his companions may occupy the 10 room modern home with it's landscaped gardens and patio as soon as their credentials are approved by Rutherford and officials of his societies, divinely authorized to recognize them."

The deed to the house verifies the seriousness that the Watch Tower took in purchasing the property. The contents of the deed to the property were published in the Golden Age magazine (a predecessor to the Awake! Magazine)

The deed reveals:

"Both the grantor and the grantee are fully persuaded from the Bible testimony which is the word of Jehovah God and from extraneous evidence that God's Kingdom is now in the course of establishment and that it will result beneficially for the peoples of earth; that the governing power and authority will be invisible to men but that the kingdom of God will have visible representatives on the earth who will have charge of the affairs of the nations under supervision of the invisible ruler, Christ. That among those who will be thus the faithful representatives and visible governors of the world will be David, who was once King over Israel; and Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jepthai, and Joseph, formerly ruler of Egypt, and Samuel the prophet and other faithful men named with approval in the Bible at Hebrews 11th. chapter."


The Golden Age, March 19, 1930


Beth-Sarim, July 2006


Joseph Rutherford inside Beth-Sarim

Not surprisingly, not only did Abraham, David and the faithful not show up, but Joseph Rutherford lived in the mansion until his death in 1942. Shortly afterwards the Watch Tower quietly sold the property which closed another embarrassing chapter on the organization.

Most witnesses are unaware that the organization has made such incredible blunders concerning Beth-Sarim. Claiming divine and Biblical guidance positively proves that the Watch Tower should not be trusted for one's eternal destiny.

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