Jehovah’s Witnesses, Russell, and the Occult Connection

Okay get ready to have your mind blown because this blew mine!

I happened to be doing a little reading online and came across the Wikipedia article on Sir Isaac Newton. I thought his bio was quite fascinating already but then I saw something I hadn’t noticed before.

He was a fanatical student of the bible. Not only was he a daily reader but he was under the delusion that he was one of the few men given the ability to interpret the bible and related prophecy, specifically biblical chronology.

Sound familiar?

There is a striking similarity that would lead certain people to think that Charles Taze Russell (the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses) studied Isaac Newton’s published works and then “lifted” the ideas and writings of Newton and published them as his own in the “Studies in the Scriptures”. Of course that could never happen. (If you noticed the sarcasm you get an extra gold star!)

Did you know that Newton was a member of the Rosicrucian Order?

Yes they put a lot of stock into Egyptian gods (check the winged globe on the cover of any copy of Studies In The Scriptures and you’ll be looking at an image of the sun god Ra) and they also tend to be a little eccentric when it comes to pyramids.

Here is a photo of the Studies In The Scriptures showing the winged globe emblazoned on the cover:


In their book “The Rosicrucian Forum” published in 1930 by the group, their open air temple is described in detail. Notice the following statement on page 144:

“This open air temple is being constructed of stone and concrete, in form and shape like a replica of one of the temples in Egypt, and in fact carrying out the architecture and design and decorations of the two temples most closely associated with our initiation two years ago. First there is the replica of the great pylon or gateway to the temple of Karnac, with its emblem of winged globe over the entrance way.”

Notice the striking similarity between the emblem on the Studies In The Scriptures and the modern emblem for the Rosicrucians:


I thought it was interesting that in his book “The Rosicrucians: Their Rites and Mysteries Volume I” Hargrave Jennings quotes Piazzi Smyth’s book “Life and Work at the Great Pyramid”. What I found so interesting is that Smyth is also quoted by Charles Taze Russell in his book: “Thy Kingdom Come”. As a matter of fact the following illustration is a copy from Piazzi Smyth’s book but it is found in none other than “Thy Kingdom Come” a volume in the “Studies in the Scriptures” by Charles Taze Russell:

Piazzi Smyth


I think not.

Take a look at Smyth’s burial stone:

Smyth's Grave Stone

Gravestone of Charles Piazzi Smyth

Now take a look at the gravestone of Charles Taze Russell:

Pyramid of Russell

First: What would a supposed “man of God” be doing busying himself with a pyramid anyway and why would the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society pay for such a thing to be erected?

I can understand his mistakes in thinking the pyramid was a mystical symbol and communication from God. I get that! What I don’t get is the significance of having this by his grave! What possible reason would he have unless he thought (as well as the Watchtower leadership) that this would give him some advantage in the “afterlife”.

Second: Why is Russell’s pyramid so similar to Piazzi’s and why was he so interested in Piazzi’s work?

Now for the final blow!

Would it make sense for Newton to have a similar pyramid over his grave?

If you answered yes then you get another gold star!

Newton's Grave

The above photo is Isaac Newton’s grave at Westminster Abbey in England.

Notice the pyramid behind the statues? Bingo!

I have a theory and I believe based upon the prior evidence it is worthy of your attention:

The Rosicrucians as well as Piazzi, Newton and Russell all thought that the great pyramid was a key to understanding the hidden code of prophecy in certain books of the bible. Russell was an avid student of Pyramidology and sought to validate his predicted dates of the end times by using the Great Pyramid as a “proof”. He even went so far as to call it “God’s Stone Witness” in the book “Thy Kingdom Come”.

I believe there is a hidden underlying thread connecting Newton, Piazzi Smyth, and Russell with the Mystical Order of the Rosicrucians.

The evidence is most provocative given the graves of Isaac Newton, Piazzi Smyth and Russell. The similarities of belief, writings, as well as the references to Smyth’s work by both the Rosicrucians and Charles Taze Russell would indicate a much deeper significance to their hidden relationship than anyone in the Jehovah’s Witnesses would have you believe.

The Watchtower certainly operates like a mystical order. They have the outer shell of converts that are more or less public and then they have a nebulous inner circle of “adepts” who have made it to the upper echelons of the order. It is only to these that the true inner workings of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society are revealed. I affectionately refer to them as “The Seven Old Men”.

Check out this artist’s portrayal of the temple of the Rosicrucians shown below:

Rosicrucian Temple

Remind you of anything? Notice that the four letter Hebrew word for God is shown at the top? Would this explain the fascination by the Watchtower Society with the old Hebrew name for God?

Notice that the YHVH or Hebrew name for God is surrounded by the form of a “winged globe” at the top!

Notice that the structure of their temple is designed much like that of the Watchtower shown on the cover of older versions of the Watchtower!


The bottom line? If you read Newton’s ideas on God and the bible you will see striking similarities between the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and those of Newton and the Rosicrucians. Given the overwhelming evidence of a hidden collaboration, it should be enough to make the most hardened Jehovah’s Witness take pause.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields