Rev. 7:1-4 (KJV)

"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. [2] And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, [3] Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. [4] And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."

What Pastor Russell Taught


Seal = Present Truth, Forehead = Intellect
Ref.YearRef.Year
R683 1884 R1677 1894
B168 1889 R1912 1896
B235 1889 Z'96-38 1896
B264 1889 R2160 1897
C165 1890 R2334 1898
C211 1890 R3991 1907
C225 1890 R4822 1911
C303 1890 R4880 1911
R1279 Jan. 1891 R5496 July 1, 1914
R1348 1892  

Four Winds of Heaven = Nominal Church
Ref.Year
R711 1885
R1279 Jan. 1891
R1333 1892
R2160 1897 'gathered out of Babylon'
D600 1897

Angels (Messengers) who gather from 4 winds = Church in the flesh
Ref.Year
R711 1885
R885 1886
R1279 Jan. 1891

Winds = war, strife, the Great Time of Trouble
Ref.YearRef.Year
R1279 Jan. 1891 R5318 1913
R1619 1894 R5496 July 1, 1914
R1805 1895 ' Winds of war = the great time of trouble. R5601 January 1, 1915
R1912 1896 = time of trouble R5697 June 1, 1915
R1919 1896 = Winds of war = winds of strife R5715 July 1, 1915
R2160 1897 = Winds of the great tribulation R5753 August 15, 1915
R2334 1898 R5765 September 15, 1915
R3414 1904 R5825 January 1, 1916
R4212* 1908 R5864 March 1, 1916
R4822 1911 ' Winds = strife, anarchy, the great time of trouble. R5950 September 1, 1916
SER. 187 1911 Biv October 1, 1916
Q737 1911 R6014 December 1, 1916 (Pastor Russell's Last Sermon)
R5058 1912

Sealing in Forehead = Gathering = Harvest Work
Ref.YearRef.Year
R711 1885 R1634 1894
C211 1890 D600 - indirect confirmation 1897
C303 1890 R4822 1911
R1279 1891 Ser. 187 1911
R1333 1892

Winds being Held Back
Ref. Year Ref. Year Ref. Year
B169 1889 R1677 1894 Ser. 187 1911
B235 1889 R1805 1895 R4880 1911
C211 1890 R1912 1896 Q737 1911
C225 1890 R1919 1896 R5058 1912
R1279 1891 R1952 1896 R5318 1913 - 'will become loose'
R1377 1892 R2334 1898 R5470 June 1, 1914
R1447 1892 R3992 1907 R5496 July 1, 1914
R1619 1894 R4212* 1908

Winds now Let Loose
Ref.Year
R3414 1904 - 'quite probably are being let loose'
This is the only pre-1914 reference we could find like this.
Q529 1915
R5697 June 1, 1915
R5715 July 1, 1915
R5753 August 15, 1915
R5754 September 1, 1915
R5765 September 15, 1915
Harvest Glean. III p763 Nov. 5, 1915
R5825 January 1, 1916
R5863
R5864
March 1, 1916
R5950 September 1, 1916
Biv October 1, 1916
R6014 December 1, 1916 (Pastor Russell's Last Written Sermon)

Post July 31, 1914 references to the Winds being Held Back
Ref.Year
None