The man clothed with linen (Ezekiel 9)


And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

Ezekiel 9:2-3 - King James Version (KJV)


⚪ This man symbolizes Charles Russell

I deem it a privilege and an honor on this occasion to offer a tribute of love and esteem in memory of our departed Brother and Pastor… Eminently chosen of the Lord to serve the “Household of Faith with meat in due season,” and elsewhere (Ezekiel 9:2,11) described as the “man in linen with the writer’s ink horn at his side,” HE HAS DONE AS HE WAS COMMANDED, finished the work given him to do.

Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, December 1 1916, page 372

There is no one in present thruth today who can honestly say that he receive a knowledge of the divine plan from any source other than by the ministry of Brother Russell, either directly or indirectly. Through his prophet Ezechiel Jehovah foreshadowed the office of a servant, designating him as one clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side, who was delegated to go throughout the city (Christendom) and comfort those that sighed by enlightening their minds relative to God's great plan. be it noted that this was a favor bestowed not by man, but by the Lord himself. But in keeping with the Lord's arrangement he used a man. The man who filled that office, by Lord's grace, was Brother Russell.

Source : 🇺🇸 The Watch Tower, May 1 1922, page 132


⚫ This man symbolizes the anointed ones


The one man clothed with linen and with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, who is he?
[...] ‘The man with the writer’s inkhorn by his side,’ therefore, clearly represented the anointed “servant” class of the Lord on earth, which class is a part of God’s organization. [...] This further identifies the man with the writer’s inkhorn as the “faithful servant” class.

Source : 🇺🇸 1931 - Vindication (vol 1), page 99, page 100, page 103 + Cover

Not just the name, but the work carried out by them since then proves that this anointed remnant of Christian witnesses of the Most High God are unmistakably the twentieth-century fulfillment of the man ‘clothed with linen, with a secretary’s inkhorn.'

Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, January 15 1972, page 47, page 48 + Cover