Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Titus 2:13

EPIPHANY

STUDIES

IN THE

SCRIPTURES

 

"The Path of the just is as the Shining Light,

That Shineth More and More

Unto the Perfect Day."

 

SERIES VIII

 

NUMBERS

(Chapters 1-10; 26)

 

14,000 Edition

 

"For the Law Having a Shadow of Good Things to Come, and not the Very Image of the Things (Heb. 10:1). These Things are Types of Us … All These Things happened unto Them Typically … Behold Israel after the Flesh (1 Cor. 10: 6, 18,—I. V.). He shall Be for a Sanctuary; but for a Stone of Stumbling and for a Rock of Offense to Both the Houses of Israel (Is. 8: 14,—I. V.).

 

PAUL S. L. JOHNSON

PHILADELPHIA, PA., U. S. A.

1938

 

To the King of Kings and Lord of Lords

 

IN THE INTEREST OF

 

HIS CONSECRATED SAINTS,

 

WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,

 

—AND OF—

 

"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD,"

 

"THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH;"

 

—AND OF—

 

THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING

FOR

 

THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,

 

THIS WORK IS DEDICATED.

 

"To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the

beginning of the world hath been hid in God," "Wherein He hath

abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having

made known unto us the mystery of His will, accord-

ing to His good pleasure which He hath pur-

posed in Himself; that in the dispensation

of the fulness of the times He

might gather together in one

all things, under

Christ."

Eph. 3: 4, 5, 9; 1: 8-10.

 

 

COPYRIGHT 1938

 

By PAUL S. L. JOHNSON

 

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AUTHOR'S FOREWORD.

 

IN THE Foreword of Volume III are given the Scriptural and factual proofs on what Scriptures are to be considered typical. Among these is one setting forth the fact that direct Bible statements to the effect that a fact, a book or a set of books are typical is a proof of their being typical. A comparison of Heb. 10: 1 and Gal. 4: 21, 22, combined with very many typical allusions to many pertinent events, proves that the entire Pentateuch, which is in the Hebrew Bible called the Law, hence every person, principle and thing therein referred to, are typical. This, therefore, proves that the persons, principles and things referred to in the book of Numbers are typical. This fact is the basis of the way that the book of Numbers will be treated in this and several subsequent volumes of this work; for it will be studied from the standpoint of type and antitype. In harmony with the passages quoted on our frontispage, Israel, as treated in Numbers, is viewed as a type of the Christian Church, nominal and real. And from this standpoint Num. 1—10; 26 are treated in this volume.

 

It had at first been our thought to treat of about half of Numbers in this volume, but that would have made the book contain about 1,000 pages-too much for a volume of this work. Accordingly, we decided to treat herein only that part of Numbers which deals with the organization of nominal and real Fleshly Israel, as typical of the organization of nominal and real Spiritual Israel, as holy nations. Hence this book treats of Num. 1—10; 26 only. This means that part of the rest of Numbers will be treated in Volume IX, and the remainder in a volume subsequent to Volume X. The propriety of discussing Num. 11—14; 31 in Volume IX, which will treat of the Parousia Messenger, will become apparent from the fact that he is repeatedly involved in the antitypes of these chapters. D.v., there will be another volume of this series than Volume IX devoted to the Parousia Messenger, since very many other Scriptures, yea, whole books, set forth his work typically. Additionally, D.v., there will be at least two volumes of this work devoted to an exposition of the book of Revelation. Accordingly, this series of books will, D.v., contain at least fourteen volumes.

 

We have several reasons for writing so detailedly on Numbers. One of these is our general mission of supplementing

 

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the Parousia Messenger's Biblical expositions, so as to interpret those Scriptures that he did not expound, or expounded merely in their generalities, that thus between him and ourself the whole Bible (Rom. 15: 4) will be understood as due by the Church before it leaves the world. Again, in order to put the Church into the position of knowing the pertinent events of Church history necessary as a foundation for the study of the book of Revelation, we have been treating of Numbers, and expect to treat of Deuteronomy (with less detail, however), since these two books type much of what Revelation symbolizes. This relation of these two Mosaic books to Revelation is symbolized by the pillar in the Most Holy typing the book of Revelation being on the same side of the Most Holy as the two corner boards typing these two books, the Revelation-symbolizing pillar being flush against the middle third of the Numbers-symbolizing board. This position shows that Numbers is even more related to Revelation than Deuteronomy.

The proper study of this book will strengthen the conviction of the humble, meek, hungry, honest and good among the consecrated that some of the marvelous depths and riches of God's wisdom and knowledge has in a typical way been stored up for the due time in the book of Numbers. It will also greatly increase his knowledge and appreciation of God's Character, Word and Works. And all this will conduce to his increased glorifying God, benefiting others and profiting himself. It was, among other things, the design of writing this book to secure these ends. We trust that all who read and study it will join with the author in prayer for these results.

Your Brother and Servant,

PAUL S. L. JOHNSON.

 

Philadelphia, PA.,

July 16, 1938.

 

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CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I.

GOSPEL-AGE ISRAELITES.

Num. 1; 2; 26.

 

GENERALITIES ON THE GOSPEL-AGE ISRAELITES. DETAILS ON THE

GOSPEL-AGE ISRAELITES. BEREAN QUESTIONS...........7

 

CHAPTER II.

GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES.

Num. 3; 4.

 

GENERALITIES ON THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES. GERSHONITES. KOHATHITES. MERARITES. COVERING THE VESSELS AND FURNITURE. BEREAN QUESTIONS

............ 27

 

CHAPTER III.

GOSPEL-AGE SINNERS AND NAZARITES.

Num. 5; 6.

 

THREE CLASSES OF GOSPEL-AGE SINNERS. CHURCH SINNERS. THE

GOSPEL-AGE NAZARITES. BEREAN QUESTIONS.............109

 

CHAPTER IV.

THE OFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE PRINCES.

Num. 7: 1-29.

 

THEIR JOINT OFFERINGS. THE OFFERINGS OF ANTITYPICAL NAHSHON. OF ANTITYPICAL NETHANEEL. OF ANTITYPICAL ELIAB. BEREAN QUESTIONS........... 169

 

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CHAPTER V.

THE OFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE PRINCES

(CONTINUED).

Num. 7: 30-47.

 

THE OFFERING OF ANTITYPICAL ELIZUR. OF ANTITYPICAL SHELUMIEL. OF ANTITYPICAL ELIASAPH. BEREAN QUESTIONS………… 225

 

CHAPTER VI.

THE OFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE PRINCES

(CONTINUED).

Num. 7: 48-65.

 

THE OFFERINGS OF ANTITYPICAL ELISHAMA. OF ANTITYPICAL GAMALIEL. OF ANTITYPICAL ABIDAN. BEREAN QUESTIONS. …….….297

 

CHAPTER VII.

THE OFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE PRINCES

(CONCLUDED).

Num. 7: 66—Num. 8: 4.

 

THE OFFERINGS OF ANTITYPICAL AHIEZER. OF ANTITYPICAL PAGIEL. OF ANTITYPICAL AHIRA. A SUMMARY OF THE OFFERINGS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE PRINCES. THE GOSPEL-AGE MOSES AND AARON AS TRUTH RECEIVER AND GIVER. BEREAN QUESTIONS……….381

 

CHAPTER VIII.

CLEANSING, CONSECRATION AND SERVICE OF

THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES.

Num. 8: 5-26.

 

THE CLEANSING OF THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES. THE CONSECRATION OF THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES. THE FACTS OF THE CLEANSING AND CONSECRATION OF THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES. THE SERVICE OF THE GOSPEL-AGE LEVITES. BEREAN QUESTIONS..…….481

 

CHAPTER IX.

TWO PASSOVERS AND THE FIERY,

CLOUDY PILLAR.

Num. 9.

 

THE GOSPEL-AGE PASSOVER. THE MILLENNIAL-AGE PASSOVER. THE CLOUDY PILLAR. THE FIERY PILLAR. BEREAN QUESTIONS………..603

 

CHAPTER X

THE GOSPEL-AGE TRUMPETS AND MARCHES.

Num. 10.

 

THE TWO GOSPEL-AGE TRUMPETS. THEIR USES. THEIR USERS. GOSPEL-AGE MARCHES. BEREAN QUESTION...............659

 

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