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"World Distress - Why? The Remedy" by J.F. Rutherford - Published by International Bible Students Association - 1923

In 1870, Charles Taze Russell and others formed an independent group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to study the Bible. During the course of his ministry Russell disputed many of the creeds, doctrines, and traditions of mainstream Christianity including immortality of the soul, hellfire, predestination, the fleshly return of Jesus Christ, the Trinity, and the burning up of the world. In 1881 he founded Zion's Watch Tower Tract Society and in 1884 incorporated it as a non-profit business to distribute tracts and Bibles.

Russell moved the Watch Tower Society's headquarters to Brooklyn, New York, in 1909, combining printing and corporate offices with a house of worship; volunteers were housed in a nearby residence he named Bethel. He identified the religious movement as "Bible Students", and more formally as the International Bible Students Association. Russell died in late 1916 at age 64.

In January 1917, the Watch Tower Society's legal representative, Joseph Franklin Rutherford (Author of this booklet), was elected as its next president. On July 26, 1931, at a convention in Columbus, Ohio, Rutherford introduced the new name—Jehovah's witnesses—based on Isaiah 43:10: "Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen"—which was adopted by resolution. The name was chosen to distinguish his group of Bible Students from other independent groups that had severed ties with the Society. Rutherford died in January of 1942.

1923 is the first and only year this booklet was printed making this vintage prize extremely rare. There are only a few other copies found online, and they range from $50 to $100.

Topics discussed in the book are:
- Why evil is permitted
- Who made the devil?
- Prophecy & it's fulfillment
- End of the world
- Immortality
- Where are the dead?
- A ransom for all
- Why does not God kill the devil?

There are some signs of wear on the covers. There are bumped corners and minor tears on the edges. The pages have become brown and brittle from age. There are a few minor tears along the edges and corners, but no text is effected by the minor flaws.

Condition: Good
Dimensions: 5.25" x 7.5"

Richard Pflueger

Rare Vintage Bible Tract - Early Jehovah's Witnesses Booklet - 1923


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