Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing (epiphany) of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13
had published his tract on The Object and Manner of Our Lord's Return. One of Dr. Seiss' helpers, having read this tract and noting how it beautifully harmonized the various questions that Dr. Seiss could not harmonize, suggested that Bro. Russell was the very man to render the needed help (Behold … a son of Jesse … is cunning in playing, v. 18), since he could bring harmony out of the Bible on the matters that needed to be harmonized for Dr. Seiss. He further recommended Bro. Russell as a skilful controversialist (a man of war) who had the ability both to defend his views from attacks and to refute the positions of his antagonists, as this appeared in the above-mentioned tract, as he was also fearless in controversy (a mighty valiant man). He also recommended him as a tactful person, with great ability at accomplishing the things that he attempted to do in his field of work (prudent in matters). He also highly recommended his character as being especially exemplary in the Christian graces (a comely person); and, finally, he assured Dr. Seiss that the Lord favored and prospered Bro. Russell's undertakings (the Lord is with him).
(21) On hearing this description of Bro. Russell, and learning that he was the leading spirit in an Allegheny Bible class, Dr. Seiss sent to the class, which, as above said, consisted of members from all seven classes of God's people (sent to Jesse, v. 19), and, not to Bro. Russell directly, asked it to send the latter to him. This course was doubtless done in courtesy to the class, inasmuch as the granting of his request would deprive the class for awhile at least of its teacher. He reminded the class, in a complimentary sense, of the shepherdly qualities of Bro. Russell, as he asked it to send the former to him (Send me … with the sheep, v. 19). We can readily imagine the fluttering of heart and the joy of spirit experienced by the members of that class when it learned that the great and renowned Dr. Seiss desired to get help from
their leader, as in the type Jesse and his sons doubtless felt joy and the sense of being honored in that his son and their brother had been chosen to help the king of Israel. The class suggested to Bro. Russell that he take along his tract on The Object and Manner of Our Lord's Return (an ass, v. 20), which consisted in part of deep and hard teachings (bread) and in part of surface and easy teachings (bottle of wine), also that he take along his consecrated humanity (kid), i.e., in the sense that he make the visit in person and not by writing, and thus directly use up part of his humanity, which was a part of the Lord's antitypical Goat, in the interests of this cause. Into this plan Bro. Russell entered and went as the class suggested (sent them by David … unto Saul, v. 20). Thus he presented himself to Dr. Seiss in Philadelphia (came to Saul, v. 21) and stood ready to serve him (stood before him). As they were together Bro. Russell so richly manifested the graces of the Spirit, was so tactful and considerate and reticent in his speech, so considerate of Dr. Seiss' feelings and so modest in his manner of teaching, which he presented suggestively rather than dogmatically, that he completely won Dr. Seiss' heart (he loved him greatly, v. 21).
(22) In the Manna Comment for August 4 he cautions against dogmatism in the Lord's people, especially in their speaking with the great and learned, showing how many of them have ruined their influence by a too confident assertion of the Truth. We may be sure that he exemplified his caution in his dealings with Dr. Seiss, remembering his age, reputation, position and feelings, and being careful to show him the respect and deference due him. This was all the more creditable in Bro. Russell, inasmuch as most young men are more or less inclined to forget these matters and to act in defiance thereof. Bro. Russell's politeness, humility, modesty and deference were all noted by Dr. Seiss, who by these qualities recognized that
Bro. Russell was an uncommonly fine young man. He also doubtless noted that Bro. Russell did not have the learning of the schools; but at the same time he also noted that he had a most unusual grasp of the Scriptures and power in reasoning thereon. Hence it was but natural that he should have thought this young man of 23 to 25 years a find of unusual worth. And he showed his appreciation of Bro. Russell by making him his most trusted and powerful helper in controversial matters (became his armor-bearer), of which matters Dr. Seiss in his controversies with post-and anti-Millennialists had his hands more than full; for he recognized that Bro. Russell's views on the Lord's return answered completely every argument that Dr. Seiss' opponents brought against his Second Advent, Millennial and Judgment Day views. And for this reason he gladly made Bro. Russell his chief helper (armor-bearer) in such controversies.
(23) When Bro. Russell told us the story of his contacts with Dr. Seiss, he told us a matter that astonished us. He said that in one of Dr. Seiss' publications the latter stated that our Lord would be invisible in His Second Advent, and that, while explaining his own view, Bro. Russell reminded Dr. Seiss of this statement of his, when to Bro. Russell's surprise Dr. Seiss did not remember ever having entertained such a thought. He had the regular nominal church view of our Lord's rising from the dead in the flesh, and, of course, did not explain His invisibility in His Second Advent on the ground that spirit beings are invisible, as did our Pastor. Hence his reference to an invisible return of our Lord must have been a mere passing comment on such passages as Matt. 24: 37-39 and Luke 17: 26-30, without being based on a firm foundation, such as was Bro. Russell's thought. Commenting on Dr. Seiss' pertinent forgetfulness, Bro. Russell expressed astonishment that one once having such a thought could have forgotten it. But Dr. Seiss
was no less a careful listener to Bro. Russell's expositions than he was an attentive observer of his spirit and methods of conveying his thoughts; and, being a man of high refinement and education, he discerned Bro. Russell's transparent goodness of character, keenness of reasoning and depth and clarity of thinking. These things made him all the more desirous of retaining Bro. Russell in his immediate presence, or subject to his call; and, therefore, he asked the Allegheny Bible class to let Bro. Russell stay with him at Philadelphia, or at least to make him available at Dr. Seiss' call as a special helper (sent to Jesse … let David … stand before me, v. 22). He freely admitted to the class that Bro. Russell had won his heart and pleased him greatly (found favor in my sight). Such a request from such a man must have filled the hearts of the class with joy and commendable gratification, as the typical request must have done to Jesse.
(24) The effect of Bro. Russell's pertinent Scriptural interpretations is typed in v. 23. There were many points that Dr. Seiss' opponents brought against his view of Christ's pre-Millennial Advent and Millennial Reign which he from his doctrinal standpoint could not answer, and each time a different one of these objections was brought up he relapsed into melancholy (evil spirit from God came upon Saul, v. 23). But Bro. Russell, hearing of each point so urged against Dr. Seiss, and noting the latter's depression thereover, took the Bible (David took an harp) and from it refuted the objection and brought out the Bible harmony on the subject. Thus when they urged that according to the Bible (as they misunderstood it) at Christ's Second Advent the universe was to be annihilated, while Dr. Seiss put this event after the Millennium, Bro. Russell showed that the Bible did not teach the annihilation of the physical universe at all, but of the symbolic heavens and earth (the powers of spiritual control and society, based on sin, error, etc.) and that,
not at the end of the Millennium, but during the early part of Christ's return; and Dr. Seiss recognized the Bible harmony on the involved matters and his melancholy left him (was refreshed … and the evil spirit departed, v. 20). Again, when his opponents pressed against his view that the Judgment Day follows the Millennium, their and the Bible thought that the Day of Judgment follows immediately on Christ's return, he was unable to reply to them and became much depressed thereover. Noting this, Bro. Russell from the Bible proved that the Millennium and the Judgment Day are one and the same thing; he thus brought harmony into the matter that Dr. Seiss could not harmonize. The latter, recognizing this harmony, was delivered from his melancholy—depression of spirit.
(25) Again, when Dr. Seiss' opponents urged against his view of a visible and earthly reign of Christ and the Church over the earth the unreasonableness of such a view, and its contrariety to the manner of Christ's present reign over the Church and the universe, Dr. Seiss, unable to reply, became depressed; but Bro. Russell, taking the Bible, proved from it the invisibility of Christ in His Second Advent, the invisibility of the spiritual phase of the Kingdom and the visibility of the earthly phase of the Kingdom, and to that added the object of Jesus' return. Dr. Seiss recognized the harmony of the Bible on the pertinent subjects and was thus again relieved from the depression. He felt a sense of humiliation at his inability to answer his opponents, which a young man of 23 to 25, without a college or theological seminary education, was able to do. But Bro. Russell with that graciousness that comes from Christian love, humility and modesty assured him that this was not due to any ability of his, but to the Lord's grace making these things clear in the due time. Thus the Lord impressed upon Dr. Seiss the thought that Scriptural Truth comes "not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,
saith the Lord." Thus also He impressed upon Bro. Russell the thought, "What hast thou that thou hast not received?" These are lessons for all of us to learn; and let us learn well the lessons just indicated, that it is not by human might, nor by human power, but by the Lord's Spirit that we can accomplish anything for the Lord, and that whatever of talents, attainments or Divine uses have fallen to our lot we are to remember that we have received them as a gracious gift from God, a fact that should preclude all boasting. In this we have a notable example in our beloved Pastor; for among his many and fine graces of the Spirit his humility and modesty were not the least. May we imitate his graces!
(1) Of what will this chapter treat as to our Pastor? As to David? What three things does David type in the Psalms? In the histories generally and specifically? In what capacity specifically? What did David's first appearance follow? In a general way, what does Saul type? In a specific way? What may be expected as to this specific way? What will suffice here to point out? What typed these two things? What does Samuel in a general way type? In a specific way? In what 12 spheres were these things enacted?
(2) What effect upon antitypical Samuel did antitypical Saul's rejection by the Lord have? How many times? Why so many? As to time, when did these rejections occur relatively to one another? When did the last of such rejections occur? What did antitypical Samuel do after each of such rejections? Why? Before what did not the Lord intimate to antitypical Samuel to desist from such mourning? Why not before? When only does mourning over the fallen become wrong? How does the cited passage prove this? What considerations made further distress over antitypical Saul useless?
(3) What is typed by God's charging Samuel to fill his horn with oil? Among whom, type and antitype, would the chosen one be found? Where, type and antitype? How did God not speak to antitypical Samuel the antitype of what He said in v. 1? Why not orally or inspirationally? How did He speak to him? When did the
antitypical speaking begin? To whom was it spoken first? How did God speak to him? What difficulty presented itself herein to antitypical Samuel? How did God suggest a way out of this difficulty? Of what was the public work to consist? How is this typed?
(4) What did Bro. Miller, etc., preach from 1829 to 1844? What occurred in 1844? What resulted? What only could they preach to the public as acceptable to church members? Who up to 1874 could properly share in such a work? How is this typed? In connection with such a work, what would God do? In connection with what would the antitypical anointing occur? How is this typed? What, accordingly, began in 1846? How is this typed? Among whom? How is this typed? How, accordingly, were Bro. Miller's last years passed? What effect did this have on the leaders among the people of God? How is this typed? Why did the leaders tremble?
(5) What did this fear lead them to do? How is this typed? Why was the antitypical question appropriate? What answer did Bro. Miller, etc., give? How is this typed? What did they then do? How is this typed? What else did they secure? How is this typed? Why did such enter this work? How long did this work continue? As to time, how long would it require to try out and reject the seven antitypical classes? How is this typed? For this work what time was not too long? Why not? What is relatively typed by Jesse and his sons? By contrast? From what will this appear?
(6) Who participated in the pertinent evangelistic work of antitypical Samuel? How is this typed? As to order, how did they participate? How is this typed? Who in the antitype showed himself as the most prominent? How is this typed? Whom does Eliab type? What group of Levites types the same class? What do their two families type in this connection? What are their antitypes' respective work? Of whom do they generally and specifically consist? How is this shown? What brought these naturally first into prominence? How did this bring them first to the notice of antitypical Samuel? How is this typed? What two things about them made antitypical Samuel think that antitypical Eliab was the Lord's choice? How is this typed? By what did the Lord
indicate otherwise? How is this typed? Connected with what qualities in antitypical Eliab was this done? Despite what two advantages? How is this typed? On what are God's judgments, unlike man's, not mainly, based? How is this typed? What two things did God's antitypical answer give antitypical Samuel? What is not God's attitude toward knowledge and talent? Why not? How does He stress them? On what does He put the main stress? How did antitypical Eliab measure up to these requirements? How is this typed?
(7) What class showed itself as second most prominent in antitypical Samuel's evangelistic work? How did they serve? Who types them? What Levite family types them? The editors? The publishers? Where is this detailedly shown? What were the talents of some of these? When called and responding, what impression did they make on antitypical Samuel? How was this impression changed? In what did it result? How was it typed?
(8) Whom did antitypical Jesse next bring forward? How is this typed? Whom does Shammah type? With what family of Levites does he correspond? What Gospel-Age work do the antitypical Amramite Kohathites do? Antitypical Gershomite Amramite Kohathites? Antitypical Eliezerite Amramite Kohathites? Antitypical Izeharite Kohathites? Antitypical Zichrite Izeharite Kohathites? Antitypical Nephegite Izeharite Kohathites? Antitypical Korahite Izeharite Kohathites? Antitypical Hebronite Kohathites? Antitypical Jeriahite Hebronite Kohathites? Antitypical Amariahite Hebronite Kohathites? Antitypical Jahazielite Hebronite Kohathites? Antitypical Jekameamite Hebronite Kohathites? Antitypical Uzzielite Kohathites? Antitypical Zithrite Uzzielite Kohathites? Antitypical Elzaphanite Uzzielite Kohathites? Antitypical Mishaelite Uzzielite Kohathites? Why should antitypical Shammah be the last of the tentatively justified to take part in the pertinent evangelistic work? What soon demonstrated their inavailability? How did God indicate this to antitypical Samuel? What did their rejection complete? What conclusion as to the whereabouts of the sought and chosen leader flows from the complete rejection of the three groups of the tentatively justified? Whom do the next four sons type?
(9) Who are represented by the first three of these four sons? During what years? How viewed? On what principle was this done so long before the Epiphany, when first the Great Company became Levites? How does Rom. 4: 17 prove this principle? How is this principle manifest in connection with Aaron before his consecration? By the 1908-1911 sifters as typed before the death of their types? What in this type does Korah represent? The 250 Levites? What do the involved facts, compared with the fact that the real Levites of that sifting time were the tentatively justified, prove? Whom, accordingly, does Jesse's fourth son type? What did they do to antitypical Samuel? Why were they rejected? How is this typed?
(10) Whom does Jesse's fifth son type? When did they cooperate with antitypical Samuel in the pertinent evangelistic work? As who were they anticipatorily viewed? Why were these rejected? How is this typed? Whom does Jesse's sixth son type? When did they cooperate with antitypical Samuel in his pertinent evangelistic work? How were they anticipatorily viewed? Why were these rejected? How is this typed? How many had the process of elimination so far rejected? What class alone was so far not tested for the place? Whom does Jesse's seventh son type? What does its rejection also prove? What from the outstart would be sure to be rejected? Why specifically was the Little Flock rejected? Who only among them had the necessary qualification? How is this typed? Of what fact all along was antitypical Samuel ignorant? What did this ignorance in each case influence him at first to think? When did the Little Flock undergo the pertinent scrutiny?
(11) How long was antitypical Samuel seeking a leader? Of what was he sure? How did he not, and how did he seek such a leader, even after the seven classes were rejected? How is this typed? What had been going on since 1851? First, prenatally? Secondly, in childhood and boyhood? Thirdly, by a certain conviction? Where are certain consequent experiences described? Fourthly, by what recovery and whose ministry? Of what did Jonas Wendell convince him? What had the pertinent errors done to him? To what attitude was he brought by Jonas Wendell's ministry? What members of
antitypical Samuel received the reply antitypical of the words, "There remaineth yet the youngest"? Where are references made to them in Vol. 1 of the Tower Reprints? Read these. What privilege and honor was given Bros. Stetson and Storrs? Where is this shown?
(12) What is implied antitypically in the reply of Jesse? When relatively must it, therefore, have been given? What had Bro. Russell been doing for two years previously? How did he find them? From what errors and into what truths had he been delivered? What did his heart's attitude lead him to do? In what did this result? What did he do to its members? What did some member of antitypical Jesse do to Bros. Stetson and George Storrs as to him? What did they, especially Bro. Storrs, then do to him? What was Bro. Storrs' magazine? What were some of the main teachings of Bro. Storrs expounded in his magazine?
(13) What were the effects of his reading and studying this magazine? Before describing this, what would here be beneficial? What character does the description of v. 12 not have? What does it have? Despite this, what will be here profitable? With what was he not naturally endowed? What was his condition at birth in this respect? What was his height? What were the main physical features of his head? What did each of these indicate? What were the main features of his face? What did these indicate? How was his back head shaped? What was the character of his hands and fingers? How may this appearance of his face be characterized? His beard? How may his physical man be described? What enabled him to do so much through so weak a body?
(14) What may be said of him phrenologically? What comment did a phrenologist who did not know him make on him as he viewed his picture? Upon what two of Bro. Russell's aptitudes did he touch by this remark? What was Bro. Russell's reaction to his father's suggestion that he be phrenologized by Prof. Fowler? On what condition did he finally consent to Prof. Fowler's reading his head? What advice did Prof. Fowler give him as to two of his lacks? What were his remarks thereon? To what were these two lacks due? How did Bro. Russell change Prof. Fowler's pertinent advice? How did his development of
continuity show itself in his back head? Why, probably, did the Lord, as it were, cut off his back head?
(15) How may the word translated ruddy be also translated? With the rendering brown in mind, what would the antitype be? How is this antitype reached Biblically? With the rendering ruddy in mind, what would the antitype be? How is this view reached Biblically? On what facts is it based? What may be said of both thoughts? To what should this lead? What is typed by David's being of a beautiful countenance? How do the cited verses prove that the face symbolizes knowledge? What were some of the features of Bro. Russell's knowledge? What is typed by David's being goodly to look to?
(16) By what was antitypical Samuel charged to anoint Bro. Russell? What types this? How did antitypical Samuel in the persons of Bros. Stetson and Storrs proceed with him? What moved them to do so? By what means was the antitypical anointing accomplished? How was this typed? What is the antitype of David's being anointed in the midst of his brethren? How was it so accomplished? What fact proves this to have been done? What did all the members of the Bible class do with the pertinent subjects? Despite what, of what were all concerned not aware? What did this anointing mean? What fact should here be kept in mind? How only did David type Bro. Russell? In his capacity of having charge of the storehouse by whom was he typed?
(17) What resulted from that anointing? In what, generally speaking, was this manifest? In what details were his faithfulness and prudence manifest as antitypical David? What could he have exercised only by the Lord's Spirit? What did Bros. Stetson and Storrs shortly after the anointing do? How was this typed? Of what as to them may we be assured?
(18) What was occurring coincidently? How did these two contrary things show themselves? What are we not to understand Saul's evil spirit to be, type and antitype? What was it, in type and antitype? What are we not to understand as to the evil spirit coming from the Lord? How are we to understand it? What Scripture gives us a clue to the right thought? What was the procedure in the case of both Sauls? What proves that
this evil spirit was a depressed or melancholy disposition? What phenomenon that appears in the antitype of Saul in connection with David and Goliath appears in the antitype of Saul in I Sam. 16? Who, according to the facts of the case, is this individual in this antitype? What kind of a worker was he? From what one of his books is a quotation made in the Pyramid chapter of Studies, Vol. III?
(19) What was he as to the Lutheran Church? What Bible doctrine does this church reject? Despite this, what did he do with this doctrine and our Lord's pre-Millennial advent? For what is the Editor of The Present Truth indebted to Dr. Seiss? What confusion and unclarity was there in Dr. Seiss' pertinent views? What effect did his presentations have upon the Editor? By what were these obscurities clarified? To what did these clarifications lead him? Despite his great gifts, what happened to Dr. Seiss? How is he regarded by nominal church pre-Millennialists? What has he done to them in his three-volumed work on Revelation? What error has he taught as to the setting of the Revelation? Of the 70th week? Of the man of sin? How has he presented these errors? Of what is he a striking example?
(20) In whom as the antitype of Saul in vs. 14-23 did the fulfillment take place? What greatly troubled him? Why? What did he conclude therefrom? How far was this conclusion true? What was the effect on him? How is this typed? What effect did his condition have on his helpers? How is this typed? What advice did they give him? How is this typed? What characteristics did they recommend in the helper? How is this typed? What did they say this would effect? How is this typed? How did the proposition strike Dr. Seiss? How is this typed? When did these events happen relatively to the appearance of Bro. Russell's tract on, The Object and Manner of Our Lord's Return? Who contacted this tract? What did its harmonizing the difficulties of Dr. Seiss prompt him to do? What is the antitype of Saul's servant's saying, David is cunning in playing? A man of war? A mighty valiant man? Prudent in matters? A comely person? And the Lord is with him?
(21) What did Dr. Seiss thereupon do, and not do?
How is this typed? Why was the request sent to the class and not to Bro. Russell? How was this typed? What must the effect of the invitation have been upon the class? How is this typed? What did the class suggest that Bro. Russell take along? What is in this matter the antitype of the ass? The bread? The bottle of wine? The kid? How did Bro. Russell respond? How is this typed? How are his presenting himself to, and standing ready to serve Dr. Seiss typed? How did Bro. Russell act toward Dr. Seiss? In what did this result? How is this typed?
(22) What caution does Bro. Russell give in the Manna Comment for August 4? How did he act as to this suggestion in relation to Dr. Seiss? Why was this all the more creditable to Bro. Russell? What in Bro. Russell did Dr. Seiss note? What impression did this give him of Bro. Russell? What two other things did he note in Bro. Russell? What thought came naturally to him as to Bro. Russell's worth? How did he show his appreciation? How is this typed? Of what were Dr. Seiss' hands full? What did he recognize in Bro. Russell's Second Advent views as to his needs? For this help what did he gladly make Bro. Russell in his controversies? How is this typed?
(23) What astonishing thing did Bro. Russell tell the writer when he narrated to him his experiences with Dr. Seiss? How did Dr. Seiss surprise Bro. Russell therein? What was his view of our Lord's resurrection body? On what, therefore, could he not, as our Pastor did, have based the thought of an invisible return of our Lord? How are we to explain that he ever came to such a thought? When commenting to the writer on Dr. Seiss' pertinent forgetfulness, what did Bro. Russell express? How did Dr. Seiss listen to and observe Bro. Russell? What did he discern in Bro. Russell? What did these observations stir up in him? To what was he thereby moved? How is this typed? What did he freely admit? How is this typed? What was the effect of Dr. Seiss' request on the class? How is this typed?
(24) What is typed in v. 23? What could Dr. Seiss not do with many points that his opponents brought up against him? What effect did this fact have on him each
time such an objection was urged against him? How is this typed? Accordingly, what did Bro. Russell do? How is this typed? How did he show harmony in the Bible teaching on the Second Advent being pre-Millennial and the destruction of the heavens and earth? How did he disprove the error of the annihilation of the universe at Christ's Second Advent? How did this help Dr. Seiss? How is this typed? How did Bro. Russell refute the error on the judgment Day coming after the Millennium and fit the subject to the pre-Millennial Advent? How did the error effect Dr. Seiss? Its refutation by Bro. Russell?
(25) What error as to the visibility of the Kingdom did Dr. Seiss' opponents urge against his view? What effect did this argument have on Dr. Seiss, who from his view was unable to answer it? How did Bro. Russell meet this argument? How did this affect Dr. Seiss? How did the fact of his pertinent inability and Bro. Russell's ability to answer affect Dr. Seiss? How did Bro. Russell act in the premises? What did the Lord thereby impress on Dr. Seiss? What pertinent thing did the Lord impress upon Bro. Russell? For whom else are these lessons profitable? What in him should we learn to imitate?
Him from watching of the sheepfold,
And from tending of the ewes,
To be ruler of the people,
Samuel's prophet-eye did choose.
From the lion and the she-bear,
When they leapt the wattled pen,
To a fight with worse than lions,
Tiger-hearted, bloody men.
To the struggle for a kingdom,
To confusion of his foes,
To the splendid cares of reigning,
Him the God-sent prophet chose;
Chose, nor waited long. A kingship
Reigned in bosom of the boy;
And his hand with kingly instinct
Leapt to find a king's employ.