Prophecy, 1929, p64-65 - 'Pastor' C. T. Russell said Jesus would not be bodily on the earth because His 'second presence ... began in 1874 A.D.' - and they were still claiming this in 1929!
Matthew 24 (particularly verses 27,37, and 39) is used by the WBTS in their attempts to describe the Lord's 'coming' (Greek: parousia - meaning 'being near, i.e. advent [often, return; especially of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked], by implication physically coming, physically present) of verse 3 as His supposed 'Invisible presence' of 1874, 1914 (etc.) but try to give that same definition to these other verses.
The Lord says His arrival will be as lightning flashing from the east to the west and like the experience of those trapped in the flood of Noah's day. Was the WBTS 'presence' of the Lord in 1914 like this? Did anyone see it like the lightning flashing across the whole sky or like the flood waters bearing down on top of them?
Clearly the two described events will be so spectacular that they get the immediate attention of the people! But the WBTS took nearly thirty years before they said with any confidence that Christ 'came INVISIBLY' in 1914! Parousia must mean the same each time it is used in Scripture, so it cannot refer to Christ's INVISIBLE presence in 1914 - or at any other time.
So, having looked at both the practical events of the signs themselves, and more importantly the Scriptural context, we can say that neither gives any evidence of Jesus Christ's INVISIBLE return in 1914.
Scripture is clear (Matthew 24:23-27):
'Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Behold, I have told you beforehand. If therefore they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming (Greek: parousia) of the Son of man.
NOBODY believing the Bible should believe 'Pastor' C. T. Russell, not least because much of his erroneous doctrinal error came from studying with another cult of his day - the 'Adventists' - as he admitted in the 1881 article!
Remember the 'Emperor's New Clothes' story which claimed that you could only see the 'magic invisible suit of the Emperor if you were wise'?
What should we think of False Prophets who say Jesus has returned but, when there is no sign of Him, they then say 'He returned invisibly'!?
Especially when Jesus said 'as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man' - is lightning quiet - and invisible?!
The other verse the WBTS quote is Matthew 24:37:
'But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming (Greek: parousia) of the Son of man be'.
The flood took the people by surprise but they certainly knew the flood was PRESENT!
Why does Jesus say, in Matthew 24:36:
'But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only'.
Can you really believe that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit changed this Scripture so that it meant:
'But of that day and hour knoweth no man - except C.T. Russell ... ?'
Do you really want to follow such obvious deceivers?
'Prophecy', p64, includes the following laughable claim (see yellow highlights below):