In the original deed, as published in The Golden Age magazine, Rutherford and other Watchtower representatives were to use the property:
'... that among those who will thus be the faithful representatives and visible governors of the world will be David, who was once king over Israel; and Gideon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jephthae, and Joseph, formerly ruler of Egypt, and Samuel the prophet and other faithful men who were named with approval in the Bible at Hebrews the eleventh chapter. The condition herein is that the said Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society shall hold said title perpetually in trust for the use of any or all of the men above named as representatives of God's kingdom on earth and that such men shall have possession and use of said property herein above described as they may deem for the best interest for the work in which they are engaged ... that any other person or persons connected with the said Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society shall have the right to reside on said premises until the appearing of David or some of the other men mentioned in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews as above set forth ... until the same be taken possession of by David or some of the other men herein named ... Any persons appearing to take possession of said premises shall first prove and identify themselves to the proper officers of said Society as the person or persons described in Hebrews chapter eleven and in this deed (The Golden Age, 19 March 1930, pp406-407).
Clearly, the WBTS believed that the 'faithful men of old' would be resurrected back on to this earth. However, they now held the view that the Jews and Jerusalem were totally rejected and that the 'anointed, little flock' of the WBTS were the official channel of communication between God and mankind. It seemed logical to them, therefore, that any of the 'faithful men of old' that were resurrected would want to be in America, and live in the Society's property - and this was now taught as 'revealed truth' and 'proper food' given at the right time by the 'faithful and discreet slave' class and would continue as such for the next twelve years at least:
The Scriptural and the physical facts prove that Job is due to be resurrected shortly with those faithful men and appear on earth with them ... and hence those faithful men of old may be expected back from the dead any day now. The Scriptures give good reason to believe that it shall be shortly before Armageddon breaks (The New World, 1942, p130).
This teaching meant that many looked forward to meeting these princes, these faithful men of old, on earth shortly:
For many years it had been the view of The Watchtower that the faithful men of old who served God faithfully before Jesus' time would be raised from the dead even before Armageddon to join in organizing Jehovah's modern-day people and to share in the responsibility of representing the Lord Jesus Christ in the capacity of overseers of the flock of God on earth. These men were variously referred to as 'ancient worthies', 'faithful men of old', and the 'princes' in the light of Psalm 45:16 ... Because of the understanding of this text that had prevailed for so long, many of Jehovah's Witnesses expected at every convention to greet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and the others, welcoming them back from the dead (Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, p252).
Beth-Sarim was clearly built to house the 'returned princes', whose resurrection was expected shortly from 1925 - and for many years after. Long before the end of the last century it became obvious that the faithful men of old had not returned in the resurrection - nor could they have accommodation in Beth-Sarim even if they did. The Society sold Beth-Sarim, even though 'the condition herein is that the said Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society shall hold said title perpetually in trust for the use of any or all of the men above named as representatives of God's kingdom on earth'. In fact, if modern-day Witnesses realized the extent to which the resurrection of the faithful men of old was taught by the WBTS, they could hardly fail to recognize that the Society are a false prophet. So the Society had to present a different light on the subject.
We have already read the WBTS excuse for this disastrous false prophecy (see page 66):
In time, a direct contribution was made FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A HOUSE IN SAN DIEGO FOR BROTHER RUTHERFORD'S USE. It was not built at the expense of the Watch Tower Society. Concerning this property, the 1939 book Salvation stated: 'At San Diego, California, there is a small piece of land, on which, in the year 1929, there was built a house, which is called and known as Beth-Sarim' (Year Book, 1975, p194).
In that same book the WBTS also wrote:
The year 1925 came and went. Jesus' anointed followers were still on earth as a class. The faithful men of old times - Abraham, David, and others - had not been resurrected to become princes in the earth (Ps 45:16). So, as Anna MacDonald recalls: '1925 was a sad year for many brothers. Some of them were stumbled; their hopes were dashed. They had hoped to see some of the "ancient worthies" [men of old like Abraham] resurrected. Instead of its being considered a "PROBABILITY", THEY READ INTO IT THAT IT WAS A "CERTAINTY", and some prepared for their own loved ones with expectancy of their resurrection' (ibid, p146).
The 1980 Yearbook relates a question Rutherford was asked during a trip to Switzerland in May 1926:
Question: Have the ancient worthies returned?
Answer [by Rutherford]: Certainly they have not returned. No one has seen them, and it would be foolish to make such an announcement. It was stated in the Millions book that we might REASONABLY expect them to return shortly after 1925, but this was merely an expressed opinion (Year Book, 1980, p62).
Let us read again what the Millions book actually said:
Therefore we may CONFIDENTLY EXPECT THAT 1925 WILL MARK THE RETURN OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, JACOB AND THE FAITHFUL PROPHETS OF OLD, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection (Millions Now Living Will Never Die, 1925, pp89-90).
As we can see the book did not say 'REASONABLY EXPECT' it said 'CONFIDENTLY EXPECT'.
Thus we see yet another example of the devious nature revealed by the WBTS - whether covering up their history of false prophecies, or doctrinal or factual errors.