My dear Brethren: Grace and peace through our Beloved Master!
Once again we stress the scientific achievements with great admiration. If all other human virtues could be equally praised, the conditions in the world would appear greatly different. As No. 1 we cite the following:
Two Teens Get Back Arms Cut Off On Hayride – “Doctors have reattached the arms of two teen‑agers whose limbs were sliced off while they rode in a church‑sponsored hayride. The girl 13 lost her left arm, and boy 13 his right arm. The arms were cut off by a metal rack protruding from a passing cattle truck. The arms of both patients were successfully reattached with bones realigned, blood flow re‑established and nerves reconnected,” said a spokesman for St. John’s Hospital and Southern Illinois University School of medicine.
A team of thirteen plastic and orthopedic surgeons and fifteen nurses, anesthesia logistics and technicians began operating on the two simultaneously at 10:30 p.m. The operation was completed at 1:30 p.m. the next day. The girl was taken back into surgery the following day so that the doctors could “re‑explore blood vessels” in her arm. The doctors were reassured that everything was functioning properly. But it was stated that it would be at least a week Before the doctors can determine whether the youngsters will regain full use of their arms. Two days after the accident they were reported in fair condition.
The Colombia Space Shuttle – About mid November this instrument made another of its phenomenal trips around the earth – this time for five days, covering about one million miles a day. It ended in California in what appeared to be a perfect landing. Without our present computers such a performance would have been impossible.
Scientific Discovery – Early in 1982 it was reported in the news that scientists had discovered a treasure of animal fossils in Antarctica, including the first bones of a land mammal ever found on the frozen continent. The National Scientific Foundation, which sponsored the research, said that finding the mammalian fossils “ranks as one of the most significant scientific discoveries in recent years.” Also found in the same area were fossils of a rare land lizard, skeletons of giant sea reptiles called plesiosaurs and the bones of man‑sized penguins.
An American research team made the discoveries on Seymour Island, located off the northeastern tip of the Antarctic peninsula. The team was sponsored by Ohio State University. “The confirmed presence of land mammals in Antarctica clearly shows that Antarctica and South America were attached during the late Cretaceous and early Tertiary periods.” Antarctica most likely was connected to South America by a land bridge – about 800 miles from the tip of South America. At one time Antarctica was a warm continent covered with forests and surrounded by tropical waters.
Agriculture – It is reported that here in the United States one agriculture worker produces enough food to feed 76 people. In earlier times major calamities were caused by wars or famines. Now one of the major problems is too much food – here, that is; it is not true in many countries of the world.
Construction – It is reported that in one locality a three‑bedroom home was completely built in seven hours.
In Finance – Many of the foremost financial advisers are advancing a most gloomy picture for our nation’s finances. The annual interest on our national debt is 110 billion dollars a year. The figure surpasses our understanding. It is reported that the overall debt here is now about five trillion dollars, Says one of these advisers: “Let there be no mistake, we are in a world‑wide depression, The only question is the ultimate outcome. Will we continue on a deflationary course or, will the government resort to the printing presses with a massive infusion of paper? The commodity prices and real property values are already down 75‑50%; they can still fall further.”
According to our understanding of the prophecies, the Bible Chronology, and other informative sources, there is no painless cure for this situation. That is, no human mind can successfully cope with what we now see. Thus, we try to be very moderate of criticism of the present heads of governments. Even, if any one of them – or a group of them – could come up with some plausible solution, the temperament of the people is such that they would not allow enough time to prove the efficacy of the cure. And with the quotations we offer herein, we would stress that we take pertinent exception to some parts of them; but we quote them for what benefit our readers may derive from them,
Now follows some comment from another source: “The following information was received from a confidential source: A reasonable chance exists that all Banks in West Germany, except the Deutsch Bank may have to close. Black Friday (an occurrence that came in October 1929) is threatening the country. A new currency may have to be issued. That is Germany’s confidentially kept secret. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt predicts that Germany will experience the hardest political winter since 1945.
“The reason: Romania, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have notified Bonn that they are unable to meet payments. The German Bank had to borrow for the 1981 budget forty billion marks ($18 billion). When additional money was requested, back in October, to meet payments of Social Services; the Banks for the first time in the history of Germany had liquidated all assets. That means the banks are empty! Chancellor Schmidt described the situation as extremely dangerous.
“Because of the inability to meet payments of the East Bloc countries, many observers interpret this situation as ‘growing dangerous for war.’ Experts sent to investigate banks and industries in the East Bloc countries returned with the report, ‘Economic conditions in the East Bloc are hopeless. War seems to be the only way out!’
“Strange as it may sound, this is connected with Jerusalem. Because of the extreme political and economical difficulties, West Germany is being trained to willingly accept the establishment of the world empire led by the Antichrist. They... ‘received power as kings, one hour with the beast (Antichrist). These have one mind and shall give their power and strength unto the Beast’ (Rev. 17:12. 13
“We know that there is a great economic crisis in Poland. Romania is rationing food, Czechoslovakia is suffering under a severe energy shortage, and Bulgaria has closed its borders to avoid foreign purchase because its own population is already suffering food shortages, Summarizing, the socialist economy is unable to feed its own people. Even Russia is unable to help because they are in the deepest economic crisis at this time; and those expressing criticism are put away to shield the rest of Society from them and their foolish ideas. They are put into mental institutions and are forgotten.
“Even more frightening is the law concerning the children of religious parents. Soviet courts take the children away from their parents and ship them to another part of the country where they can receive a proper education and where their duties will not be neglected. One such duty is to teach the children that Communism is the only rule of life and proper way to live.
“The amazing thing about the Kremlin’s crackdown is the evidence it gives that Children of God still survive after sixty years of official repression. The regime’s fury is a tribute to the courage and devotions of the saints determinedly practicing their faith in keeping the Commandments of Cod rather than the interfering laws of man. It is a story unmatched since the days of the Roman persecution and the Spanish inquisition,”
And Now This: “Economic Outlook – Is Your Bank Failing? (Although Washington continues to see economic recovery waiting for us at the end of each season, many of the real indications of our nation’s poor fiscal health are being ignored. Consider, if you will, the implications in the following material, adopted from the excellent Newsletter, Personal Finance).
“More than a third of the nation’s 50 of the largest saving and loan associations are ‘failing’ by government standards, according to a computer generated report commissioned by Personal Finance.
“A companion survey of the top 50 commercial banks reveals that more than half do not meet the minimum equity capital requirements set by the federal banking agencies. Normally, a bank’s reserves of equity capital provide a ‘safety cushion’ for depositors in case the bank suffers unforeseen losses. These findings are based on the latest financial statements (Dec. 31, 1981) submitted to the federal banking agencies by more than 18,000 banks and S&Ls nationwide. Large commercial banks report quarterly to the Federal Reserve; S&Ls semiannually to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. ....
“An enterprising Massachusetts‑based team of computer software analysts called Veribanc, has discovered a way to pinpoint trouble banks and S&Ls. Periodically, the federal banking authorities issue a series of little‑known computer tapes. These tapes contain detailed financial statements submitted by every federally supervised bank and S&Ls to maintain certain minimum financial ratios. By analyzing the raw data on the tapes, Veribanc states that it can determine whether an institution is meeting the government standards.”
Now from another source: “They Print It – We Borrow It And Pay Them Interest. We shall start with the need for money. The Federal Government, having spent more than it has taken from its citizens in taxes, needs, for the sake of illustration, one billion dollars. Since it does not have the money, and Congress has given away its authority to ‘create’ it, the Government must go to the ‘creators’ for the one billion. But, the Federal Reserve, a private corporation, doesn’t just give its money away’ The Bankers are willing to deliver one billion in money or credit to the Federal Government in exchange for the Government’s agreement to pay it Back – with interest! So Congress authorizes the Treasury Department to print one billion in US bonds, which are then delivered to the Federal Reserve Bankers. ....
“By 1968 the Federal debt was $347,578,406,426 ‑ or $1,717.82 per citizen, and in only ten more years it doubled to $763,400,000,000 ‑ or $3,491.04 per citizen. That is a debt of $17,500 for every family of five in America, and it is still climbing. (It would be more if divided against only the working or taxpaying families’) These figures do not include State, Municipal, School District, Business, or personal debts, which total an additional $60,000 for every working family, or approximately $5 trillion, which is more than twice the total assessed value of all land and buildings in America. Of course, it is to their advantage not to take actual title to all of the property, so we will not know we do not own the country. Instead, they leave us with ‘ownership,’ so we will be willing to continue to work and pay ever higher tribute to the bankers.”
In all nations the politics is closely bound to the financial situation, as the foregoing clearly indicates. Thus, our comments on the political standards will be very limited. With the wonderful country we have here – never anything like it in the past – we would simply conclude that the politicians are responsible for its present undone condition. “Easy come, easy go,” is an expression as old as the money itself; and the ease with which the politicians have been able to borrow at will has permitted them to bring us to our present condition; and it brings vividly to mind the statement of the Apostle Paul in Heb. 1:11, 12: “They shall wax old as cloth as does a garment, And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed.” This text applies directly to the present order of things; and it is not at all difficult to see the “change” that has been going on since 1914.
The Jews – In view of the extensive publicity that was given to them in 1982, we shall start the discussion with the Jews. First of all, we consider God’s promise to Abraham: “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.” (Gen.12:3) History offers concrete proof of the truth of this promise. First, when Egypt cursed the Jews, they were indeed cursed. Perhaps the most prominent and powerful nation of that time, they were reduced to a third‑rate country. Note the sweeping statement of Exod. 14:28:
“The waters returned and covered the chariots (of the Egyptians), and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them, there remained not so much as: one of them.”
The Mohammedan – The Mohammedan were sired by Ishmael, half brother to Isaac. The Prophet Mohammed is recorded as a direct descendant of Ishmael. The people have despised the Jews from the time Ishmael was nineteen years old; and they have dwelled on that pile of sand in the Middle East for several thousands of years, eking out a bare existence. Certainly they have been “cursed.” Of course, in recent years American capital has developed their oil reserves, and that has relieved their existence very much, although it has kindled their desire to “curse” Israel; and they will eventually come to the same grief – or worse – than did the Egyptians in the Red Sea.
Spain – The Spanish Inquisition began in the latter part of the 15th century – at the instigation of the Popes, and aimed primarily at the Jews. It is estimated that about 2,000 Jews were Burned at the stake. On March 31, 1492 the Jews were given the choice of exile or baptism into the Christian religion. This terrible “cursing” continued off and on until 1834, when it was finally suppressed. However, at its beginning Spain was one of the major powers of the earth. The Spanish Main was a byword with all seagoing people. But from that time their decline began. The Invincible Armada was so crippled by the English that the remnants of that adventure returned to Spain a hopeless wreck. Then other adversities followed – until the Spanish American War, when the Spanish Navy was decimated by the American Navy Today they are a helpless cripple. Surely, those that “cursed” the Jew have been severely cursed,
And in our time Germany, Russia, Poland and other European countries that have been anti‑Jewish have been greatly crippled. Prior to 1914, when President Roosevelt visited Germany, he told the Kaiser that he had an army that could lick the world. Today its military might and inventive genius have been brought to a very low point.
And the PLO – rabidly anti‑Jewish – received a devastating defeat from the Jews in 1982. In this Russia also suffered great loss, because the Jews captured most of the war material they had furnished the PLO to help destroy the Jews.
We have gone into perhaps overmuch detail in the foregoing to help our readers reach a proper appraisal of what is going on in the world, and especially so regarding the Jews. If their situation presently seems desperate, we may all rest in the assurance of prophecy of Zech. 14:2,3: “I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle ... Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” We have enumerated quite a few of past incidents, where the Jews gained miraculous victories under Joshua, Gideon, David, et al, so we shall not repeat them here.
However, it is worthy of note that quite a few good intellects among the Gentiles are presently elaborating upon Jewish prophecy and stressing the Divine writings concerning them. We shall now quote from one of them:
“There are those who believe textually in the Holy Bibles, which states (and repeats more than once) that Abraham and his descendants are to receive the whole land of Canaan as an everlasting possession… The betrayal of the Gentiles should strengthen the Jewish purpose, not weaken it... Far from being intransigent – the accusation commonly leveled at the Israelis – they are excessively accommodating, they appease too much, they fail to stand up for their God‑given historic rights. There are those Jews of little faith who are willing to barter their territorial heritage to placate the enemy. People like that damage our work. ......
“Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren said that his visit (to Palestine) was a fulfillment of Zech. 14:16: ‘We looked up the passage, and found the following prophecy: ‘And it shall come to pass that every one that is left of all the nations which came up against Jerusalem (that is, conquered the city and sent its population into captivity, but afterwards smitten by God’s hand) shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”
We digress here to quote Isa. 2:3: “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Also Ezek. 33:19,20: “But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.” And so it shall be in that glorious Kingdom!
Now we continue with quotations from “Christians for Jews”: “The Christian Embassy in Jerusalem has twenty staff members working full time. plus three part‑time, from nine different countries. They get no salaries, though some help is given where necessary for board and lodging. Timothy King is the treasurer. He left his business in Canada to learn about Israel at the Institute of Holy Land Studies, The Institute was founded by the late G. Douglas Young, one of Israel’s most devoted supporters.
“The world chooses to brand Israel as aggressive. They don’t see that this nation is desperate for peace, and will make any sacrifice; only their own land they want to retain.
“Sadat declared he would not give up an inch of Arab territory, though he has no claim to Sinai remotely comparable to the Jewish claim on Eretz Yisrael. Nevertheless the world sees him as the great guy – Sadat with his pipe …This calls attention to the sins of the Christian world, whom he whips more severely than he does the Jews. ... In March the embassy put out a communiqué, released to all the press, slamming the Vatican for allowing its Secretary of State, Cardinal Casaroli, to meet PLO representative Farouk Kadumi – even worse, allowing Archbishop Capucci to welcome Kadumi at Rome airport.
“Don’t forget, we are not a Jewish organization that could be presumed to follow its own interest. We speak to them from within our own faith. And many of them truly want to receive our message.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses – In offering something about the witnesses, we would stress that they are very antagonistic to the Jews – because the Jews will not accept them. Of course, they are against all others who do not accept them, too. The following offers just a little something about these people and their Christian (?) conduct:
“Couple Leaves Witnesses – Schuylkill, Pa. – It was only a beard, neat and trim, but it has led Todd Ellis and his wife Betty to renounce their faith and the past dozen years of their lives. In notarized letters to sect elders in Pottsville, the couple has officially resigned as members of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society – the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“And to even the closest friends they made during their twelve years as Witnesses, the Ellis’s became non‑entities. After today, no one in the organization will be allowed to talk to us, said Mrs. Ellis, 39. They ostracize you. They totally cut you off. It’s like you’re dead. Once we’ve Been disfellowshiped our closest friends can’t even say hello to us. They can’t associate with us, added her husband, 40, If they did, they could Be disfellowshiped, too. They’re afraid to.
“Sect elders announced last October the couple would no longer be allowed to pray with the Pottsville congregation because Ellis grew a beard during a summer trip to Florida. Ellis was also barred from weekly sessions of the Witnesses’ theocratic school. He said the beard was viewed as a violation of the Society’s teachings on ‘modesty and soundness of mind’ because it drew ‘undue attention’ to himself.”
Note now the sharp contrast to the foregoing in the teaching of Brother Russell in Vol. 6, p. 416: “Concerning Matt. 18:17, regarding treatment of disfellowshipped members of the Church – ‘Let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.’ ‘The object (of disfellowshipment – JJH) is not to cast the brother off utterly; But merely to show disfavor toward his wrong course with a view to assisting him to its correction. To treat such an one ‘as an heathen man and publican’ would not mean to slander or dishonor him even after he had been cast off. The Lord’s people are not to be slanderers or backbiters under any circumstances... We are neither to speak ill of, nor to look cross at, publicans and sinners, nor to refuse to do business with them; But we are to withhold from them the special fellowship and courtesy appropriate to the brethren of the New Creation and possessed of the Holy Spirit.”
Then further from Vol. 6, p. 303: “If the brother does not consent to the form of sound words ... he should be considered as so out of accord as to make it no longer proper that he should have the fellowship of the brethren until he would consent to these reasonable requirements. He should not be passed by on the street unnoticed by the brethren, but treated courteously. The exclusion should be merely from the privileges of the assembly and from any special brotherly associations peculiar to the faithful.”
If we compare the action against the Ellis couple with the teaching of That Wise and Faithful Servant, there is not even a remote similarity. Therefore, when the Witnesses attempt to attach themselves to his coattail, they offer him a direct insult and degrade the high standing he had before the Lord and in the Church. They have replaced much of the Truth he taught with their “new light” (actually mud splashes) that he would be unable to recognize their magazine as Watchtower as it is today. They also forbid their followers to read the Six Volumes of The Studies in the Scriptures from which we have quoted on his teaching of disfellowshipment.
There follows now another of their Christian atrocities: ‘For forty years Raymond Franz devoted his whole being to the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The religion responded by raising him to its worldwide Governing Body. But it was a difficult period for the leadership. In 1975 the sect faced a debacle. The present world did not vanish, as Witness publications had all but guaranteed. In a faith in which doubt is not tolerated Franz began to question teachings. Now, in a downfall as dramatic as an excommunication within the College of Cardinals, he has been ostracized, or, as the Witnesses say, ‘disfellowshipped.’ The former leader is being shunned by almost every one he has ever worked with, cut off from all relatives except his wife, and denied any hope of eternal life. Officials of the Watchtower Society, as the religious organization of 2,257,000 followers is formally known, refused all comment on the unprecedented case. But Franz, 59, reluctantly agreed to break his silence and explained to Time the accusation against him.
“Franz is a third‑generation Witness. His Uncle, Frederick W. Franz, 88, has been the religions top ideologue for decades; and since 1977 its head. Raymond Franz began full‑time work for the sect as soon as he finished high school. He suffered penury during twenty years as a missionary in the Caribbean, became a trusted writer of official publications, joined the 17‑member Governing Body in 1971.
“Known to outsiders for their persistent door‑to‑door proselytizing, Jehovah’s Witnesses exist within what Franz calls a ‘hermetically sealed’ community. Every doctrinal blip or scintilla of sin is closely monitored. Nowhere is this more true than at Bethel, the sect’s Brooklyn headquarters. By Franz’s account, reading or studying of the Bible is considered ‘evil’ unless conducted in authorized discussions following Watch Tower doctrinal guides, lest staffers veer into error.
“Because of his own work as an author of an official volume about the Bible and a growing feeling that the WatchTower discipline was too harsh, Franz privately concluded that the religion emphasized human organization rather than Biblical teachings. Says he, ‘While producing people who were outwardly moral, they subverted the essential qualities of humility, compassion and mercy.”
There is considerably more of this in the paper from which we quoted, but we think sufficient has been reported here to satisfy our readers that the Witnesses in their present teachings bear no real ties at all to the magnanimous and brilliant intellect of Pastor Charles Taze Russell. Apparently he had some intuitive hunch that the present situation in the Witnesses could develop as it has, so he drew up a will naming seven of his close associates to act as Editors of the Watch Tower, with at least a majority of them to be in full agreement with any articles the paper contained. Rutherford speedily changed that in a very few years after he became President in 1917; and one autocratic act led to another until now there is just no similarity at all to what the Pastor had willed.
It should be emphasized here that Brother Russell taught there are only two reasons for disfellowshipping any one: Gross immorality and gross doctrinal deflection; and both of these doctrines are eminently and emphatically taught in various Scriptures. While he counseled against new fads, etc., in clothing or outlandish physical appearance, he never – to our knowledge – disfellowshipped any one for personal peculiarities; and we have studied closely his various writings; and have discussed them with some brilliant minds that knew Brother Russell personally. Gross doctrinal deflection does not mean that any one could not have a different opinion on subjects that are not basic teaching – such as the Ransom, Sin Offering, etc.
Hard Times Boosting Bible Sales – There was an article in the press with this heading telling us that Bible sales are on the upswing as more people turn to religion.
“I would imagine a lot of it has to do with the economy, at least indirectly,” said owner of Bible Store. “Harold Carroll, owner of the Bible Shop, reported a 50 percent increase in Bible sales over the past two months. I think a lot of it is Because people are seeing the times in which we are living, and they want to find out more about what will happen. Most Bible dealers I know say their sales are up.”
The above reminds us of what our Lord said: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven (civil and ecclesiastical ruling powers) shall be shaken,” (Luke 21:26)
Another Religious Atrocity – A news item November 23, 1982: “A federal judge Monday declared unconstitutional the only law in the nation that requires teaching the Biblical account of creation in public schools. US District Judge Adrian Deplantier ruled favorably on a motion by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to throw out Louisiana’s creation science law. The Act, passed by the legislature in 1980, required the teaching of the Biblical version of creation in schools that taught the evolutionary version.”
Evolution itself is a religion, built upon a number of unfounded theories. In fact, today some of our finest scientific minds are emphatically opposed to the Evolution theory; and one of our colleges now conducts a special course exposing the vagaries of the idea.
In concluding, we are most grateful to our many readers for their cheerful Holiday wishes for our health and spiritual prosperity. Having lost another valuable aide here in the Bible House in 1982, we cannot give the individual acknowledgment we once did to the messages we received, but we repeat the good message of St. John (3 John 1:2):
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Sincerely your brother, John J. Hoefle Pilgrim
LETTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST
Dear Brother Hoefle: Greetings in His dear Name!
Trusting that in health, and otherwise, you and Sr. Hoefle are enjoying the best as is permitted providentially at this time.
I acknowledge receipt of the most appreciated gift to be sent me in some years. ....May I once more thank you for your handsome gift, and ask that you pray that I may make the best use of it in my humble limitations.
Sr. John joins me in sending you all on that side warm brotherly love, and the assurance of the fervent prayers of the brethren over here on your behalf.
May the Lord make His face to shine on you and yours evermore.
Your brother, …..(TRINIDAD)
Dear Brother and Sister Hoefle: Grace and peace and blessing in Jesus’ Name!
Thank you for your good letter, and also for the tracts. I hope this finds you both in comparatively good health. I am quite well, all considered. Thank you for your words about dear Sister ------- I hope D.v. she may be better and feel more comfortable. But I realize our times are in God’s hands. .......
It was good of David Horowitz to speak of Pastor Russell, and to bring out some of your words as to the manifesting of persons, things and principles – also the words of other Bible Students.
It will be good to have the papers on the prophets. Today I was reading in the Reprints about Nehemiah. He was wise, faithful, tactful and loved God and the people of Israel. He will be happy in the Kingdom! I hope we will all meet each other there.
Take care! With Christian love from ------- (CALIFORNIA)
Dear John and Emily :
Thank you very much for your kind letter and donation which we greatly appreciate. We hope you are receiving our news and we look forward to yours.
God is greatly blessing us. We have a National Conference next week. We went to the Feast of Tabernacles in October – 80 of us and we are expecting 120 for the next feast. We might also go back for a week in March.
With all blessings in Jesus Christ: Ruth 2:12 – “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Yours in Him, ……(AFRICA)
“IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW”
BROTHER WILLIAM ATKINS finished his course October 5, 1982. He was 90 years old April 21, 1982. He came into the Truth when a young man and had been a “good soldier” in the Lord’s Army for many years. He was loved by all who knew him well and was our good and loyal friend for 40 years – a faithful yoke‑fellow. When such good brethren as he leave us, it leaves a void that we cannot replace. With his family and friends we mourn his passing, as we hold him in fond memory and respect. We recline in the firm assurance that he will experience the resurrection of the Just. (Acts 24:15)
SISTER AUGUSTA HORN WELLS was a member of the Mount Dora Bible House, finished her course September 14, was buried September 17 in Winston‑Salem, N.C. beside her husband, Dr. C. H. Wells. She had been ill for four years. Her love of the Truth and her faithfulness thereto was an inspiration to all who knew her; and we will miss her loving contribution. Her passing also leaves a very noticeable void in our work force. Thus, we say of her, “She hath done what she could.”
It would have taken us three days to make the 1200‑mile round trip to North Carolina on a commercial plane, but our nephew provided a private Turbo Jet airplane, which accommodates seven passengers. Six of us left at ten a.m. September 17, arrived in Winston‑Salem at noon; held the funeral service at two p.m., and left at four p.m., arriving back in Mount Dora at six p.m. – a distance of twelve hundred miles in eight hours. This is a vivid illustration of Dan. 12:4: “Seal up the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Had we only this proof, it would be sufficient to convince us that we are “in the time of the end.” We are thankful to the Lord for His providence; and we are most grateful for the many expressions of love and sympathy that have come to us as we mourn her loss
ANNOUNCEMENT ‑ Our Memorial in 1983 will be after six p.m., March 27.