(Reprint of No. 54 - with pertinent additions)
My dear Brethren: – Grace and peace through our Beloved Master!
The exodus of Israel from Egypt was indeed a stupendous undertaking in material, physical strength and courageous determination. The burden upon Moses in that effort is probably beyond a sound evaluation by any human being living today. God knew this full well; and He gave Moses and the Jews abundant encouragement for the immediate present, and in His promises of future special helps. One of these promises is contained in Ex. 23:28: “I will send hornets before thee, which will drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.” The word “hornets” in this text is a collective noun and should read “the hornet” – just as we might speak of the fly, the hawk, the wolf, etc.
Here was just one of the encouragements given to Moses – and repeated to the general assembly of Jews – to build up their courage for the task at hand. In v. 20 they had been told that God would “send an angel before thee to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.” This one promise should have been more than enough for ordinary men; but Jehovah was fully alert to the inferiority complex that had developed in the Jews during the hundreds of years of their slavery in Egypt – a condition which would certainly diminish the combative qualities of even the strongest, and develop a subservience not to be countenanced by God's people, “Jesus needed not that any should testify of man, for He knew what was in man”; therefore, among His last words was the counsel, “Let not your heart be troubled.” And this consolation was to free men, most of whom had never been in servitude as were the Jews.
The Jews had been long under the oppressive yoke, an experience that could not fail to deplete their combative qualities. Thus, humanly speaking, it is no great surprise that they quickly wilted under trialsome experiences, and often plagued the beloved Moses and Aaron for the “leeks, the melons, the onions, the garlic” which had been theirs in Egypt – (Numbers 11:5). Also, they readily forgot the precious promise of “the hornet before thee” when the ten spies brought back their evil report of Numbers 13. “There we saw the giants,” the spies had told them, “and we were .... as grass-hoppers ... in their sight,” This word “giant” is from the Hebrew “Nephilim,” the same word as found in Gen. 6:4, “There were giants (Nephilim – fallen ones) in the earth in those days.” With the horrifying tales of the great deluge that were handed down by “the fathers,” there had come the legend of the “giants” that existed before that flood – those virile creatures, half god and half man, that permeate all Greek and Latin mythology, described as demigods in the numerous accounts. Self-evidently, the Jewish tradition was also impregnated with accounts of these “fiends from Hell” – creatures which they had never seen, but believed to be in existence in some hidden retreat. Thus, they were ready listeners when the ten spies reported to them that the Nephilim, the fallen ones, that race of super men, were the foes they must meet if they crossed Jordan into Canaan. ''And the people wept that night.... and murmured against Moses and against Aaron .... Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt.... let us return into Egypt”—Num., 14:1-4.
How easily is the fallen human heart and mind deceived and melted! Undoubtedly there were real giants in Canaan; Goliath of David's day 450 years later is proof sufficient of that. It is stated that Goliath was “six cubits and a span” (I Sam. 17:4), which would make him over nine feet tall, even using the shortest of the cubits (18”) in the calculation – a very formidable antagonist indeed in any hand-to-hand combat. But Goliath, nor any of his kind, were of the Nephilim; God had attended to their annihilation in Noah's day. And David proved speedily enough that Goliaths in the camps of their enemies were creatures of frailty, vulnerable to the weapons, emotions, and senses, even as were the Jews themselves. Nor could any Goliath before nor since remain quietly in ambush behind rock or bush under the rousing sting of a hornet. It is said that the sting of six hornets has been sufficient to kill a horse, so we need no vivid imagination to evaluate the advantage that would be with the Jews as God would “send the hornet before them” – a promise which the Jews en masse so speedily disbelieved.
But, in addition to Moses and Aaron, who “fell on their faces,” Caleb and Joshua held faith in God's promise: “The land...is an exceeding good land...the Lord will give it to us.” But the people would not hear, preferring instead the forty years' wandering in the wilderness, at the end of which all males who had departed Egypt at twenty years and over were corpses in that wilderness – all except the two, Caleb and Joshua. Therefore, when God repeated his promise in Deut. 7:20 to “send the hornet” among the Jews' adversaries, Moses was talking to a new generation – although it is clear enough from Joshua's farewell address that he had believed and had seen with his own eyes that “He is faithful that promised”; the Lord had indeed “sent the hornet before them.” (Josh. 24:12)
In considering this type, it should first of all be stressed that only the Hittites, the Canaanites and the Hivites are named in Ex. 23:28; whereas, at least a dozen nations are mentioned at various times – Amorites, Perrizites, Girgashites, Jebusites, Amalekites, Ammonites, Philistines, Maonites, Moabites – this list not including the Zidonians, whom the Jews never attempted to conquer, but usually held in friendly relationship. It will be noted, however, in E-12:516 that Brother Johnson lists only seven nations of Canaan whom Joshua conquered – the Canaanites (worldliness), Hittites (cowardice), Amorites (sinfulness), Perrizites (siftingism), Hivites (sectarianism), Girgashites (selfishness), and Jebusites (erroneousness). Brother Johnson also teaches that “the hornet” represented God's opposing and hurting power.
Why, we ask, are only three of the foregoing evils listed in Ex. 23:28? We believe it is because those three sins have been most influential in retarding and destroying Christian character and progress all during the Gospel Age. These three – the antitypical Hittites (cowardice), Canaanites (Merchants – worldliness) and Hivites (sectarianism) – are the three evils St. Paul specifically opposes in 2 Tim. 1:7 – “God did not give to us a cowardly spirit (of the antitypical Hitites) but one of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”(Dia.).
The opposite of cowardice is courage, and the essence of courage is power (will power) and a strong heart. The quality of courage, when balanced by love and a sound mind, adorns a character as do diamonds and rubies the physical person. And God gives to all His faithful people the “spirit of power” – will power. “I can do all things through Christ, Who strengtheneth me,” says St. Paul; and his great will power is eloquent testimony to the truth of this statement. There was none of the antitypical Hitite (the cowardly spirit) in St. Paul. Courageous men of the world have some qualities and slogans that Christians may well emulate. One instructor, when training contestants for gruelling physical combat, always impressed upon them: “The other fellow is as tired as you are!” Thus, when the pace becomes so unbearably severe, and the body is crying for a respite, just remember your opponents feel exactly as weary as you do. Fear not them that are able to kill the body,” said Jesus; and St. Paul had ingrained these words into the very fibre of his heart and mind: “I shall not fear what man may do unto me,” for “the fear of man bringeth a snare.”
And the courageous will power of true Christians all during this Age is eloquent testimony that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear.” Even their worst enemies have often admired the courage of men physically frail, who “endured the cross, despising the shame,” even as Jesus Himself had done, St. Paul is an outstanding example – a small man of frail stature and with faulty eyesight, knowing that his head would soon be chopped off by the Roman ax, could write calmly to his beloved Timothy, “l am now ready to be offered.” And he makes only passing mention that “no man stood with me, but all men forsook me,” as he assured Timothy that the “Lord stood with me, and strengthened me,” Military leaders have been known to express openly the wish that they might have under their command just one company of men of such courage.
Secondly, the antitypical Canaanite (worldliness) is the very antithesis of (agape) love; and God has given His people this “hornet,” the spirit of love, to enable them to overcome worldliness. The two are exact opposites. “Love not the world (cosmos), nor the things in the world (cosmos). If any one love the world (cosmos), the love of the Father is not in him,” (I Jno. 2:15) The Canaanites were the lowlanders, the merchants who pursue vigorously the things of the world. “Where a man's treasure is, there will his heart be also”; consequently, one cannot be motivated by the spirit of (agape) love, and yet put his heart into “the things of this world” – this cosmos.
During this Age God's people have been called out of this world (antitypical Egypt) just as certainly as the Jews were taken from literal Egypt; and the lure to return to old habits is perhaps even more prevalent now than it was then. And a “Great Multitude” (Rev. 7:9) has returned at least partially to old haunts, old habits, old social conditions; while some have returned fully, and the earth (the present social order) has swallowed them up – just as it did with Korah (Num. 16). Thus, uncounted numbers have sold their birthright for “one morsel of meat” (Heb. 12:16), while the Fully Faithful have “overcome the world” – just as did their Captain.
Thirdly, the antitypical Hivite (sectarianism) is the extreme opposite of “the spirit of a sound mind.” Note Brother Johnson's description in E-4:291 (47): –
“Sectarianism is a great sin; for it does not act from devotion to the Truth, the Truth arrangements and the Spirit of the Truth (which virtues are the Gospel-Age “inheritance of the land”—JJH), but from devotion to partisanship. The Truth, its arrangements and its spirit are by it neglected or antagonized whenever this is in the interest of the sect. Their actual, though not verbal motto is: My party, I stand for it, right or wrong.”
And, further in E-4:299 – “The works of sectarianism are wrath, strife, envy, prejudice, partiality, enmity, persecution and misrepresentation of the faithful, approval of certain evils and disapproval of certain good things of the Truth and its arrangements.” Certainly, we can find none of “the spirit of a sound mind” in these reprehensible evils.
Sectarians in large measure use the weapons of Goliath, and they have received from the faithful the identical answer given to him by David: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts.” (1 Sam. 17:45) Note the close similarity in these words to those used by Jesus in answering Satan's temptation for Him to “love the world”: “It is written”—Matt. 4:10. But the Measurably Faithful fail in this respect, choosing rather the methods of this world to accomplish their aims – “Azazel deceives them into believing they will accomplish great works, win great numbers, gain great favor. The upshot of it all, however, is great disappointments, troubles, losses, frustrations and failures, as is shown of them in Psa. 107:12” (E-15:525) – just as R. G. Jolly even now, disregarding these warnings of the Priests, makes great uproar about helping the poor heathen in Africa, all the while he actually lost 7.4% of his subscribers to the Present Truth in 1963. We wonder if he is telling the people in Africa about his “great works” in America – in like manner as he is telling his trusting adherents in America about his “great works” in Africa! This “sleight-of-hand” is common usage with the “worldly” of our time.
The sectarian spirit is one of the evidences of Great Company uncleanness – a clear proof that they have not extirpated the antitypical Hivite from their characters. The fully faithful gain complete victory over the Hittite (cowardice), over the Canaanite (worldliness), and over the Hivite (sectarianism); the fully unfaithful make full compromise with these evils, and thus, shipwreck of their future; the Great Company make partial “covenant with them, and with their gods” (Ex. 23:32) – which is the direct cause of them losing their crowns. The fully faithful, who wage successful warfare against these evils, gain the Truth and the Spirit of the Truth as their unchangeable possession – a goodly prize indeed for fighting “the good fight” – “more than conquerors.” “Therefore, brethren, more earnestly endeavor to do these things, for thus richly will be furnished to you the entrance into the aionian Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
We may also offer a secondary application to “the hornet,” as the sharp stinging truths in the Bible. Who of us has not had the experience of quoting a pertinent annihilative text to some gainsayer; then see him jump from his chair as though stung by a hornet! A good instance of this is to be found in Acts 21:28: 'Men of Israel, help!” Those Jews had been “stung” by St. Paul's teachings to the point of willing to murder him. But Paul here again gave testimony that he had eliminated the antitypical Hittite (cowardice) from his character, as he calmly asked the Roman commander: “I entreat thee, permit me to speak to the people.” How many would have been only too glad to “call it a day” after being rescued from a shrieking murder-bent mob; but St. Paul, “good soldier” that he was, gave again eloquent witness that “God did not give to us a cowardly spirit.” And may his example be a strong stimulus to all who strive to “inherit the land” – the Truth, and the Spirit of the Truth.
EPHRAIM TO THE BATTLE
This treatise would be hardly complete were we to omit some comment on Judges 7:24-25, where we are informed “the men of Ephraim.... took the two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb .... and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side of Jordan.” (See E-5:226-229) Oreb (raven) represents Sectarianism – just as does “the Hivite” in Ex. 23:28 – and Zeeb types Clericalism; and those two prince errors are the same as typed by the two golden calves which Jeroboam constructed, one in Bethel and the other in Dan – (see 1 Kings 12:26-30). And the victory over these princes is designated specifically as going to “the men of Ephraim” (typical of the Youthful Worthies in this Epiphany period), with no mention whatever made of the Great Company. This, Brother Johnson explains, is because
“The Lord counts as overcomers.... only those who first in their own characters overcome the disposition underlying such doctrines and practices.... just as only the 144,000 are counted victors over the Beast and his Image, tho, as we know, the Truth section of the Great Company opposed the Beast and his Image, but... are not more than overcomers .... however much they verbally preach and zealously work against them .... On the other hand, from the type we infer that the Youthful Worthies overcome in their own characters the spirit of Sectarianism and Clericalism... This consideration should arouse the Great Company to cleanse themselves” – (E-5:229)
It is well to stress here that sectarianism is of Satanic origin – a product of Azazel. And, as Brother Johnson has so clearly taught, the Great Company serve Azazel with the bad part of their minds (the 'fleshly mind' that must be destroyed if they are to be saved in the Day of the Lord Jesus), as they also serve God with the good part of their minds. That is why James refers to them as “doubleminded.” Thus, promoting and developing sectarianism with the bad part of their minds, they have built up the various sects in Big and Little Babylon, instead of fighting this evil as the Saints and fully faithful Youthful Worthies have done unto complete victory in their own characters. And, while individual Great Company members may suppress this evil in themselves, the vast majority will cling tenaciously to their various sects until the Lord Himself separates them from those sects by extreme scourging in Armageddon through the destruction of their sects. But, for the present, we are safe in concluding that any Great Company or Youthful Worthies who manifest the sectarian spirit are actually serving Azazel, regardless of the denials they may put forth to the contrary. That is why the Great Company are not mentioned as victors in the battle against Oreb and Zeeb; theirs is not a “more than conquerors” victory, because their cleansing from this great sin is forced upon them when “their hearts are brought down with labor.” (Psa. 107:12)
We should ever keep in mind that it was the Little Flock's faithfulness in antitypical Gideon's First Battle that emphatically attested they were of the “very elect.” And we conclude from this that it will be the faithfulness of the Youthful Worthies in the battle against antitypical Oreb and Zeeb that will eventually determine them “worthy” to occupy places of rulership in the Kingdom with the ''worthies': of the ages preceding this Gospel Age. Inasmuch as the Great Company do not make full conquest of these sins within themselves, they cannot serve as examples to those Youthfuls who accept their leadership. It is rather the example of the Fully Faithful that has been their help and instructor thus far – and will continue to be so to the consummation of the Epiphany. It is quite probable that those who fail in this conquest will find themselves either back in the world or among the quasi-elect in the Kingdom, and not among the fully faithful Worthies – although some of them have been the loudest professors, just as was true of the Great Company vs. the Little Flock. This should certainly cause each one to “examine himself” to determine whether he is performing “in sincerity and in Truth” his part in this “good fight” against antitypical Oreb and Zeeb, or whether he be ''wallowing'' in the mire of the great sin of depraved Sectarianism.
We believe, tho, that a warning is here appropriate, lest any come to speedy judgment toward those now enmeshed in these evils. We are told in Ex. 23:29, “I will not drive them out (the Hittite, Canaanite and Hivite) from before thee in one year: lest the land become desolate and the beast of the field multiply against thee.” This is just another way of saying what Brother Russell said about grand characters – they do not spring up mushroom-like overnight, but are fine-grained and strong like the olive tree – the result of years of determination in fighting “the good fight.” Thus, the Lord allows each one time sufficient for his needs to “inherit the land” (the sphere of the Truth and its spirit); and it is only the “Lord who looketh on the heart” that can give equitable evaluation to each one. It should be sufficient for each one that he determine for himself that he is conquering the Hittite (cowardice), the Canaanite (worldliness), and Hivite (sectarianism) from his own character and giving that assistance to others of his brethren who are “of the Truth.”
And to all who fully conquer the antitypical Hittite, Canaanite and Hivite, eliminating them from their characters, to such the promise is sure: “He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 – Dia.) And further, in John 12:35, “He who walks in darkness knows not where he is going”; and this is the specific penalty meted out to the Measurably Faithful in Matt. 25:30: “Thrust the unprofitable servant (The Great Company – See Berean Comment) into outer darkness” – into error – error of doctrine, such as Campers Consecrated, and error of practice, such as publishing a million Do-You-Knows prematurely, etc. The Manna Comment for March 26 pointedly defines the “darkness” of 1 Thes. 5:5 as ERROR – but “We (all who purify their characters from the three evils herein discussed) are not of darkness”; even as we are also clearly taught in Psa. 107:10 that the Great Company who fail in this respect are “such as sit in darkness.”
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the Churches” (Rev. 3:29) – by the “voice behind thee” (Isa. 30:21), the “voice” for our time being the faithful and true teachings (based upon the Old and New Testaments) of That Wise Servant and other faithful pilgrims of this Harvest time. Thus, we urge all to continue in this “good fight,” – “abounding in the work of the Lord at all times, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord,” (1 Cor. 15:58—Dia.)
Sincerely your brother,
John J. Hoefle, Pilgrim
QUESTION OF GENERAL INTEREST
QUESTION: – Is JWK “in harmony with the Harvest Truth” when he teaches the Worthies share with the GC in the sin-atonement for the world's willful sins?
ANSWER: – J. W. Krewson is not only wrong in this matter, but he is in complete “dis” harmony with the Harvest Truth.
Here is what he says on p. 51 of his May-June No. 56: “Second, with the gradual unfolding and elaboration of the Harvest Truth, there has come the comforting understanding that the suffering of the elect classes relative to their humanity, bear a relationship to sin-atonement. With the Little Flock this was as part of the sin-offering and concerning the three Levitical Classes, pertains to atoning for the World's willful sins.”
Then, on p. 68, par. 1 he states: “It (his present teachings—JJH) is the current Harvest Truth....in harmony with Parousia-Epiphany teachings.” In making such a claim, he – with his “cousin” R. G. Jolly – walks the identical path of That Evil Servant, who loudly and repeatedly made similar claim, all the while he was murdering one real Harvest Truth after another in setting aside the “meat in due season” given by That Faithful Servant.
Note now Bro. Johnson's clear presentation on this question: “The Great Company sufferings in relation to sin-atonement are for the willful sins of the world in sin-atonement and thus differ from those of the Church; and they differ from those of the Ancient and Youthful Worthies, which Worthies do not suffer at all for sin-atonement, which again makes the Great Company sufferings differ from those of these three classes.” (JWK contradicts this teaching by the Epiphany Messenger, as he sets aside the real Harvest Truth and substitutes his 'current' Harvest Error—JJH) See E-12:275
The Great Company's sufferings differ also from those of the other three elect classes because their suffering is for their own partially willful sins – the sins that caused them to lose their crowns. Such stripes become very acute during their abandonment – when they are fully abandoned to Azazel – which reforms the reformable among them. (See E-15:526) Neither the Little Flock nor the Worthies share in the Great Company’s wilderness experience, because these fully-faithful classes never receive fit-man buffeting experienced by the Great Company.
When the “cousins” proclaim that their various perversions are in reality just “unfolding and elaboration of the Harvest Truth,” they are simply resorting to the same kind of brazen falsehood as did That Evil Servant. Their “unfolding and elaboration” is really vitiation and conglomeration – a rejection of one basic Harvest Truth after another; they both claim “HARMONY” with the Laodicean Stars, all the while they are actually giving them the “Judas kiss” – at the same time yelling “sifter,” “false teacher,” etc., at us for “contending for the Faith once delivered unto the Saints (Star Members)” on:
(1) The Abandonment Process of the Great Company. Both “cousins” pervert this teaching as set out in E-15:525; E-4:210 and many other places.
(2) The Epiphany period and Time of Trouble being one and the same. Both “cousins” pervert this teaching.
(3) The condition of the Epiphany Camp in the finished picture (of the Epiphany period), on which both “cousins” have new and different views from the two Star Members, displacing what they taught with their own vagaries.
(4) Both “cousins” have produced a “new” (false) doctrine in their Epiphany Campers Consecrated and quasi-elect consecrated – just as JFR produced his brand of “dedicated” Restitutionists – such “strange fire” perverting in varying degree the doctrine of election and free grace,
(5) Both “cousins” have produced forced parallels to fit their varying needs.
(6) Both “cousins” have declared that the last Saint was glorified in 1950 – long before Armageddon – in defiance of what both Messengers taught thereon.
(7) Now JWK comes up with another doctrinal perversion on the sin-atonement; and we wonder if “Cousin” Jolly will join hands with “Cousin” Krewson in this latest brainchild – this new “unfolding and elaboration” of the sin-atonement – thus, following his Teacher once more as he did on Campers Consecrated, Bro. Russell's Epiphany Parallels, John's Beheading, etc., to be later left with the humiliating task of defending and “contending” for the faith (ERROR)” delivered unto him by his once beloved “cousin” J. W. Krewson.
THE JULY-AUGUST PRESENT TRUTH
Since writing the foregoing answer, R. G. Jolly's “current Present Truth” has come to hand, in which he uses the identical technique of “Cousin” Krewson – stating one thing, then offering a direct contradiction to his error from the Star Members' writings. Note specifically p. 55 (12), where he states that Jesus as God's Executive has been building the Epiphany Camp since 1954. Then he has the brazen effrontery to offer as his “proof” E-11:473! We suggest our readers give close note to this, because Brother Johnson offers a direct contradiction here to R. G. Jolly (RGJ self-evidently relying upon his adherents to take his word for the citation, without bothering to read it), the same as Brother Johnson offers for the errors of J. W. Krewson:
“Jesus' work as Executive.... will cease with the faith-justified (those remanded to the Camp in the “finished picture” – which includes some of R. G. Jolly's Consecrated Campers—JJH) when their faith-justification lapses (when they are ejected from the Court into the Camp as Restitutionists, for Millennial purposes, when the Kingdom proper is set up at the beginning of the Mediatorial reign—JJH) which seemingly will occur in every case by Oct, 1954, according to Rev. 22:11.” – E-11-473 (In this same paragraph Brother Johnson tells us that He will continue as Executive with the Little Flock, Great Company and Youthful Worthies – in contrast to those ejected from the Court wherein such Executiveship ceases—JJH)
Also, when Brother Johnson said in E-10:114 “no more consecrations for Gospel-Age purposes after 1954,” he also said NO MORE TENTATIVE JUSTIFICATION when Rev. 22:10,11 would operate. And in another instance Brother Johnson has said, “Tentative Justification ceases to operate when the Gospel Age ceases.” Therefore, if “Gospel-Age purposes” have been accomplished, why is R. G. Jolly still teaching Tentative Justification? Our answer: Because he is forced to do so in support of his “strange fire” of Epiphany Campers Consecrated. Even “Cousin” Krewson was a little too crafty to stumble into this blunder with his quasi-elect consecrated, as he allowed “cousin” Jolly to set out his various errors and noted our refutations (although his brand of “strange fire” is different in name only from R. G. Jolly's “strange fire” of Epiphany Campers Consecrated. Both brands present only a new twist of the same quality as J. F. Rutherford's Jonadabs).
Once more we stress the fact that Tentative Justification is a faith justification for a faith Age only (the Gospel Age and its last special period – the Epiphany). Rom. 5:1 is directly to the point: “Being justified by faith.” It is this justification by faith that gives “peace with God” – introduces “into this favor in which we stand” (v. 2, Dia.) – places such persons in position to “present” themselves in harmony with Rom. 12:1, doing which then gives them the “peace of God which passeth understanding” so long as they abide in His Word and Spirit. When Brother Johnson offered his interpretation of Rev. 22:10,11 in E-10:114, he had all this clearly in mind; and it was this clear logic that caused him to conclude that there could not possibly be any more tentative (faith) justification once Gospel (faith) Age purposes had been accomplished. As he himself stated: “It would be useless” when the time arrives for Rev. 22:10,11 to apply. Thus, we are forced to accept one of the two choices: Either Rev. 22:10,11 did not reach fulfillment in 1954, or Tentative Justification is no longer operative for new believers.
It will be noted R. G. Jolly offers Questions for his readers to “study” his errors; and we suggest to any of our readers who may converse with Present Truth readers, that they call their attention to Brother Johnson's Questions on p. 545 of E-11, last Question at bottom of page, and two at top of p. 546. Then ask them if they can reconcile R. G. Jolly's teachings with Brother Johnson's teachings. And all the while R. G. Jolly is loudly proclaiming his “harmony with Parousia-Epiphany teachings” – just as does “Cousin” Krewson; but offering direct contradiction in the same article (a technique that That Evil Servant found most effective with his 'sleepy' adherents, a technique these “cousins” don't have any qualms about using to further their particular brand of leadership). It seems unbelievable that their readers can be so sleepy and obtuse that they merely “close their eyes, open their mouths, and swallow” the contradictions and gross errors that are thus fed to them. ''How readest thou?”
On various occasions we have directed attention to Brother Johnson's intention in 1950 to make Vol. 16 contain his analysis of Genesis-Leviticus-Deuteronomy; and that R. G. Jolly had been publishing Brother Johnson's Genesis interpretations, but injecting his own errors into the Star Member's teachings. It seems he is now continuing his evil practice with Leviticus; and we once more offer 2 Chr. 26:16-21, wherein is given us the type of King Uzziah, who became leprous for meddling in priestly matters – for which he became “a leper unto the day of his death.... cut off from the House of the Lord.” This clear type is a warning to all to refrain from approaching things in the “temple of the Lord” which are forbidden to them.
R. G. Jolly's impudent boldness in ignoring this warning is proof positive that he is still uncleansed – is still stricken with Great Company “leprosy” (See E-4:257, 258). And, if he continues therein, he, too, will remain “a leper unto the day of his death” – that death from which there is no return. And all who clearly discern his present condition should “haste to go out from him” – as did the Priests in the case of the typical leprous King Uzziah. Be it noted that with Uzziah “the leprosy rose up in his forehead” – a clear declaration of unclean teachings (in the intellect) of his antitypes; and is a solemn warning to avoid all teachers who offer “strange fire” (false doctrine, such as Campers Consecrated, with its attendant perversion of Tentative Justification). ''He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear.”
LETTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST
Dear Brother Hoefle: Greetings in the Master's Name!
On behalf of our Ecclesia, I wish to express our gratitude and appreciation of your recent visit to us, and for so ably conducting the funeral service of our dear Brother Roach. It was a great comfort to us to have you and Sister Hoefle in our midst at the time of our bereavement. Your admonition and encouragement helped us much.
We are endeavoring to be steadfast and unmovable and will always apply to you for help when we need it, as you promised. We need your prayers. God bless you and our dear Sister Hoefle, Please give our love to the friends there.
Sincerely your sister ------- (Secretary) – (TRINIDAD)
Exceedingly sorry in waiting so long in answering your kind letter.... Your literature I found in a bus in Beverly Hills – perhaps left there with a Purpose. Glad I found it, Sir. A wonderful stream of knowledge, blended with true statements reveal to me that you have a keen insight of Biblical explanation – a flair of interest in writing and clear adaptation of Life's richest Book. The Bible is ever new – but must be understood literally and esoteric – all in there pertain to each and all of us regardless of age. The ontology and cosmology taught through its content is Heavenly Blessed! We all are walking the Road to Damascus like Paul; some day we shall see that Light according to our unfoldment and spiritual Revelation. Your literature is deeply interesting – forceful, revealing and awakening. In forgetting one's self, your thoughts, creative and sincere, will meet the Reader. I must read your Lessons again to obtain further benefit thereof, please –
Would you please explain your interpretation of the following Phrases of the Bible: The Immaculate Conception; Jesus the Son of God – His death. Could the Son of God really die? Remember, He came through in the sepulcher, since he said to the woman, Please do not touch Me, I am not yet .... (He was still in the ethereal Body?).
Trust I have not taken too much of your valuable time in bringing you these questions. Thank you so very much! Sincerely yours ------- (CALIFORNIA)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF GENERAL INTEREST
Our Special Effort in antitypical Gideon's Second Battle will begin Sunday, Oct. 18 and end Sunday, Nov. 15, which will include four weeks and five Sundays. Any who wish to continue in this “good fight” with us are invited to order the pertinent literature early. Our Nos. 1, 2 and 3 may be used in serving at Church doors, and individually; and our No. 5 may be used as follow-up toward individuals who manifest further interest. All free – and postage prepaid, of course.
The Epiphany Messenger began this public effort in 1920 (See E-5:237, top), and continued these Special Efforts until his passing in October 1950. He told us that the fully faithful would pursue these two King Errors – Zebah (Eternal Torment) and Zalmunna (Consciousness of the Dead) – unto the completion of the Battle; and it was with this in mind that we produced the pertinent literature. Since Brother Johnson's demise there has been no Special Effort designated by the Laymen's Home Missionary Movement (the Movement the Epiphany Messenger founded), which further prompted us to renew the Epiphany Arrangements. The Epiphany Messenger designated a special period in the Fall to honor the Memory of That Faithful and Wise Servant; and since Brother Johnson also finished his course in October, we now honor him by continuing in the Truth and its Arrangements for the Epiphany period. We also honor the Epiphany Messenger by continuing to attack the errors of Little Babylon; and we have produced the Three Babylons tract for that “good fight,” The battle is not yet over, and we exhort our faithful brethren to continue therein in loving zeal “unto its completion.” It is our privilege to honor those whom God has honored; and we invite all who are of like mind to join with us in the prayer, “God bless their memory.” (1 Tim. 5:17)