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What Russell was saying in 1881 regarding 1914...

Regarding the presence of Jesus the Watchtower of May 1st 1881
"We would like to correct this misapprehension once for all, by stating that we do not expect Jesus to come this year, nor any other year, for we believe that all time prophecies (bearing upon Jesus' coming) ended at and before the fall of 1874, and that He came there, and the second advent is now in progress and will continue during the entire Millennial age. We believe that his presence will be revealed to the eyes of men's understandings gradually during this 'Day of the Lord,' (forty years - from 1874 to 1914,) as it now is to ours; except that we, discern it through the word of prophecy revealed by the Spirit, and they will recognize his presence by His judgment upon Nominal Zion, and the World."
(According to this Jesus had fulfilled all prophecies regarding his return, his day or 40 years began in 1874 and would end in 1914)

January 15th 1891 the Watchtower said:

"The date of the close of that ‘battle’ is definitely marked in Scripture as October, 1914. It is already in progress, its beginning dating from October, 1874."
Ten years later Russell still had his sights firmly fixed on 1914, he even published the month--October 1914

The Watchtower of 1891 contained the page below where Russell mapped out his understanding of biblical chronology. Time would prove his predictions to be totally wrong.

Also below are his calculations published in M

Note: Rest of this page was not recovered.