Barbour adopted the 1914 date in the 1870s. The
first mention of the 1914 date as the end of The Times of the Gentiles is in
the September 1875 issue of The Herald of the Morning. In passing
Barbour remarked, “The time of the Gentiles,” viz. Their seven prophetic times
of 2520 years ... which began when God gave all into the hands of
Nebuchadnezzar, in 606 B. C; do not end until 1914."
Russell accepted that. From Separate Identity [pages 216-217]:
wrote an article entitled “Gentile Times: When Do They End?” for The Bible Examiner while still in Philadelphia. It was published in the October 1876 issue. Though
his position on Gentile Times was the same as that held by Barbour, he didn’t
mention Barbour or the Herald of the
Morning, and Barbour discounted this as an open association with him. Russell pointed to 1914, the date Barbour borrowed from Elliott’s Horae, and stated his belief that the
‘taking of the Bride’ was the first act to expect from the Christ:
"At the commencement of our Christian era, 606 years of
this time had passed, (70 years captivity, and 536 from Cyrus to Christ) which
deducted from 2520, would show that the seven times will end in A.D. 1914; when
Jerusalem shall be delivered forever, and the Jew say of the Deliverer, “Lo,
this is our God, we have waited for Him and He will save us.” When Gentile
Governments shall have been dashed to pieces; when God shall have poured out of
his fury upon the nation, and they acknowledge, him King of Kings and Lord of
But, some one will say, “If the Lord intended that we
should know, He would have told us plainly and distinctly how long.” But, no,
brethren, He never does so. The Bible is to be a light to God’s
children; – to the world, foolishness.
Many of its writings are solely for our edification upon whom the ends
of the world are come. As well say that God should have put the gold on top
instead of in the bowels of the earth it would be too common; it would lose
much of its value. So with truth; but, “to you it is given to know the
mysteries of the kingdom.
We will ask, but not now answer, another question: If
the Gentile Times end in 1914, (and there are many other and clearer evidences
pointing to the same time) and we are told that it shall be with fury poured
out; a time of trouble such as never was before, nor ever shall be; a day of
wrath, etc., how long before does the church escape? As Jesus says, 'watch,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape those things coming
upon the world.'"
Brethren, the taking by Christ of His Bride, is
evidently, one of the first acts in the Judgment; for judgment must begin at
the house of God.
 C. T. Russell: Gentile Times: When Do They End? Bible Examiner, October 1876. The
article is signed from “W. Philadelphia.”