As most Americans celebrate Halloween today there is a smaller segment that will celebrate Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the Wittenberg door in 1517 which sparked the Protestant reformation. But there’s an even smaller segment that will recognize a much-lesser known event that occurred on this day almost a hundred years ago.
A 64 year old man on a train unexpectedly died as the train was approaching Pampa, Texas. That man was Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and on this day in 1916 this wolf in sheep’s clothing quietly slipped into eternity to face the very Christ that he taught was not God, and the very Hell that he denied existed.
It was on this day in 1916 that this false prophet died, being cast into the black darkness that had been reserved for him forever (Jude 13), and leaving a destructive cult in his wake.