While preaching from house to house as a Regular Pioneer of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1982 in Mahaplag, Leyte, an individual obtained a Dawn Magazine from a Pentecostal woman to whom he had witnessed. The woman was a subscriber of the Dawn Magazine. This student was very surprised as he read the Dawn Magazine and noticed that the six volumes of "Studies in the Scriptures" was being advertised.
He knew that these books were written by Pastor Charles Russell. He discovered that the Bible Students still existed!
After much correspondance with the Dawn Bible Students Association in the United States, and receiving many books and Dawn Magazines from them, there began a witness in the Philippines of the coming Kingdom and the hope for all mankind ... and ardent study of the scriptures began anew. Today there are several Bible Students Ecclesias in the Philippines, including Manila, Siargao Island, Leyte Island, and Cebu island. Each ecclesia is autonomous. They organize their own classes and are not dictated to as to how things should be run. They conduct their studies the way Bible Students have been conducting them since the late 1800's.
Where Do Bible Students Come From
Bible Students can be found in many countries of the world. We do not know our exact numbers, but some estimate there may be 10,000 Bible Students in the world; perhaps more. If this is correct, we may be one of the smallest groups of Christians today. Bible Students are not pushed into making converts. They share their faith with others through personal contact, newspaper ads, the internet, TV, radio, and other means, including Public Meetings. However, no special, united, or organized efforts are made to "make converts." The message is presented simply and plainly; that's it.
For the general information of the public, some of our publications come from the Dawn Bible Students Association of East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A. The Dawn is only a part of many Bible Students groups in many parts of the earth. When Pastor Russell died, J.F. Rutherford became the next president of the Watchtower Society. The present Jehovah's Witnesses are unaware that the Bible Students who continued to study Pastor Russell's teachings are still active and conducting weekly worship and various meetings in many countries such as the United States, Canada, Poland, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Italy, France, Russia, Japan, India, Greece, Spain, Pakistan, China, several African nations, the Philippines and so on.
Contact us if you want to know more about our group. We are a non-profit organization and we do not solicit funds.
Where Do We Meet
We meet in private homes several times a week for fellowship, Bible Study, singing of old hymns, reading the Bible and sharing our testimonies. We also watch videos and DVDs coming from the Bible Students in the U.S.A. Although a few of our doctrines sound similar to that of the Jehovah's Witnesses, that is where the similarity ends.
The Bible Students are not an offshoot of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Although we acknowledge that there are a few similarities with our doctrines and those of the Jehovah’s Witnesses,we did not adopt these doctrines from them.
When Joseph Franklin Rutherford assumed the Presidency of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society after the death of Pastor Russell, he changed many doctrines.Splits began. Those who followed Rutherford embraced the name Jehovah’s Witnesses in July 1931, and those who did not accept the changes remain as Bible Students until this day.