Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13
STUDY 4: LAST RELATED ACTS OF ELIJAH AND ELISHA
Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.
WE will mention briefly for clarification, that the separation of Elijah and Elisha does not represent the separation of the Little Flock and the Great Company from all standpoints; and, hence, does not represent the separation of every individual of the two classes. Rather, Elijah represents the Little Flock as a class in its office as God’s mouthpiece to Nominal Spiritual Israel and Elisha, while they were together, represents the Great Company as an unmanifested class, as the former’s prospective, and after their separation, as his actual successor in the office as God’s mouthpiece toward Nominal Spiritual Israel.
Since classes as such are referred to, and not all the individuals of each class, not every individual of the Little Flock was to be separated from every individual of the Great Company while the antitypical separation of Elijah and Elisha was being enacted. But what was seen in the antitype were the following: (1) the Little Flock as such losing controllership of the public work; (2) the Great Company as such gaining such controllership; (3) a class separation of the two classes; (4) an individual separation of many individuals of both classes; (5) a heart’s disapproval of the course of the Great Company’s leaders by many Little Flock individuals who had not yet separated themselves from association with the Society leaders and their work, that is, an internal separation; (6) the bewilderment on the part of many Little Flock individuals gradually giving way to an understanding of the conditions and events on their being Scripturally explained to them; and (7) a class fulfillment of every detail of the type.
In other types the Lord gives us other aspects of the separation between the Little Flock and the Great Company. One of these is the World’s High Priest leading Azazel’s Goat forth; another is the consecration of the Levites (Numbers 8: 5-26) and the general description of them and their work as distinct from the Priests and their work (Numbers 3: 4; 7: 1-9). In the former the World’s High Priest is represented as resisting the errors of doctrine and practice in Azazel’s Goat class – that is, their revolutionism – and by such resistance forcing them into the fit man’s hands. Only those who faithfully took part in that work, not temporarily, but unto a completion, were a part of the World’s High Priest. Whoever ceased to do this unto a completion was not a part of the finished picture.
The type of the Levites brings out a more detailed aspect of the antitype. Eventually every individual Levite took his place and every individual Priest took his place, each one being recognized as such. Every new creature who was a revolutionist or an ardent supporter of revolutionists proved to be a Levite; for the priests, as the very Elect were neither Baal worshippers nor kissers (1 Kings 19: 18) (Romans 11: 4).
This concludes our four-part Study of The Last Related Acts of Elijah and Elisha. History proves that the preceding interpretation of the type and antitype of Elijah and Elisha was correct. We believe that the Little Flock was completed and glorified in 1950 and that the Great Company was completed and glorified in 1979. Because the call of the Youthful Worthy class, the fourth and final elect class, ended in the Fall of 1954, we expect that that class will be completed soon. We live in a marvelous time, being privileged to witness the final events of the Gospel Age.