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 IX

 

THE PAROUSIA

MESSENGER

 

14,000 EDITION

 

"Who, Then, Is A Faithful And Wise Servant, Whom His Lord Hath Made

Ruler Over His Household, To Give Them Meat In Due Season? Blessed Is

That Servant, Whom His Lord, After Coming, Shall Find So Doing.

Verily I Say Unto You, That He Will Make Him Ruler

Over All His Goods" (Matt. 24: 45-47).

 

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 purposed

in Himself; that in the dispensation

of the fullness 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.

 

THIS book treats largely of the Parousia Messenger as set forth in prophecy and type, a fact that some dispute, alleging that, apart from Jesus, no individual is pointed out in the Bible's prophecies and types. If such a proposition were true, it would, of course, nullify the applications of type and prophecy to our Pastor herein made. But this proposition is a contradiction of numerous Scriptures. That the Bible in type and prophecy often points out individuals the following proves: Jesus and Judas were so pointed out, also Cyrus, and that by name, 200 years beforehand (Is. 44: 28; 45: 1-5). The twelve Apostles and the seventy "secondarily prophets" of both Harvests and of the Interim were typed respectively by the twelve wells and the seventy palm trees at Elim (Ex. 15: 27). These three sets of seventy were also typed by the seventy elders (Num. 11: 24-30). The twelve Apostles were, among others, typed by Jacob's twelve sons; and they, and St. Paul in particular, were typed by Eleazar (Num. 3: 32; 4: 16; 16: 35-39; 19: 4); and the Parallel shows that he typed our Pastor also. Dan. 11 refers prophetically to the following individuals: Cambyses, Smerdis, Darius Hystaspes and Xerxes (v. 2), Alexander the Great (v. 4), his four successors: Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus (v. 8), Ptolemy Philadelphos (v. 5), Antiochus Theos, Bernice and Ptolemy Philadelphos (v. 6), Ptolemy Euergetes and Seleucus Callinucus (v. 7), the latter's sons and Antiochus Magnus (v. 10), the latter and Ptolemy Philopater (v. 11), Antiochus Epiphanes (v. 12), Scopas (v. 15), Mark Anthony and Cleopatra (vs. 17-19), Augustus (v. 20), Tiberius (vs. 2124), Aurelian and Zenobia (vs. 25, 26, 28) and Napoleon (vs. 29, 30, 36-45). John the Baptist is referred to in Is. 40: 3-5 and Mal. 3: 1. There are four individuals indicated in Zech. 11: 8, 15-17; Bro. Russell is referred to in Matt. 20: 8; 24: 45-47 and Luke 12: 42-46, and J. F. R. in Matt. 24: 48-51. Another brother is pointed out in Rev. 19: 9, 10. Accordingly, we see that the Bible frequently points out by its prophecies and types, not only classes, but individuals of future times.

 

Apart from our Lord Jesus, no servant of God in the large application of types and prophecies is referred to

 

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so much as our Pastor. The proof of this is in part given in this book and in part will be given in a subsequent volume of this work, according to the proverb: The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Whole books and large parts of others in type treat of him. Thus the second halves of 1 Sam. and 1 Chro. and the whole of 2 Sam. treat of him as the antitype of David. Jeremiah and Daniel type him in their books, as do also the Apostles in the Acts of the Apostles. Additionally, he is typed in Gen., Ex., Lev., Num., Josh., Judg., Ruth and Lam., and prophecy refers to him in Deut., Is., Ezek., Hab., Mic., Matt., Luke and Rev. So prominent was he in the advancing of God's Plan. To God and in themselves the most important events and personages in history are those connected with the outworking of His Plan. Accordingly, if God pointed out certain worldlings in the prophecies and types because of their lesser relations to His Plan, as shown above, we may infer that He would by prophecy and type more markedly point out individuals who could have greater relations to it, especially if they were very usefully connected with furthering it. This reasonable inference God confirms by express statement in Amos 3: 7: "For the Lord Jehovah will not do a thing except He revealed [it as] a secret of His to His servants, the prophets" (I.V.), i.e., in the development of God's Plan nothing, even the least thing, would be done except what is indicated in the types and prophecies of the Bible. If the lesser things in the outworking of God's Plan are set forth in type and prophecy, certainly the greater are; and, except the work of our Lord Jesus, the greatest work ever done on earth in advancing God's cause was that of the Parousia Messenger, hence its detailed description in type and prophecy.

 

This book will show a part of the Parousia Messenger's work as set forth in prophecy and type. The rest, D.v., will come in a later volume. We trust that its study will prove strengthening to all the Lord's people. And with this wish as a prayer it is sent forth on its mission.

 

                                                 PAUL S. L. JOHNSON.

 

Philadelphia, Pa., September 9, 1938.

 

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CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I.

THE GOSPEL-AGE NO-RANSOMISM SIFTING.

Num. 11: 1-35.

 

FIVE SIFTINGS IN VARIOUS PERIODS. ANTECEDENTS OF THE GOSPEL-AGE NO-RANSOMISM SIFTING. CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN GOD AND CHRIST. THE SEVENTY. THE SIFTING PROPER. ....................7

 

CHAPTER II.

MOSES, AARON AND MIRIAM—TYPE

AND ANTITYPE.

Num. 12: 1-16.

 

PRIDE. CLAIMING EQUALITY WITH CHRIST AS MOUTHPIECE. DIVINE DISPLEASURE THEREAT. ANTITYPICAL DREAMS AND VISIONS. FIRST PRIVILEGE PECULIAR TO THE STAR-MEMBERS. SECOND. THIRD. ANTITYPICAL MIRIAM'S LEPROSY. ANTITYPICAL AARON'S REACTIONS THEREAT. CHRIST'S AND GOD'S PERTINENT COURSE. ANTITYPICALMIRIAM'S WILDERNESS EXPERIENCES. ………….87

 

CHAPTER III.

THE TWELVE SPIES—TYPE AND ANTITYPE.

Num 13: 14; Deut. 1: 19-46

 

THE SPIES. COMMISSIONED. SPYING THE LAND. THE REPORT. THE RECOMMENDATIONS. THE EFFECTS. SENTENCE TO FORTY YEARS' WANDERING. EFFORT TO ENTER THE LAND. .........................179

 

CHAPTER IV.

THE GOSPEL-AGE HARVEST IN TYPE

AND ANTITYPE.

Num. 31: 1-54.

 

A SPIRITUAL CAMPAIGN. ITS ANTECEDENTS. ITS BATTLE. ITS VICTORY. THE DISPOSAL OF UNWORTHY AND WORTHY CAPTIVES. OF ANIMAL PREY. OF OTHER SPOIL. .....................251

 

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CHAPTER V.

IN MEMORIAM.

 

ACTIVITIES OF PASTOR RUSSELL. THAT SERVANT. HIS MEMORY STILL FRAGRANT. WILL HIS WORK ENDURE? GOD BLESS HIS MEMORY THE EPIPHANY PROVES HIM THAT SERVANT. HIS WILL. ………………….319

 

CHAPTER VI.

SOME SHORTER TYPES OF THE PAROUSIA

MESSENGER.

 

JASHOBEAM. ELEAZAR'S CHARGE AND BEATEN PLATES. PHINEHAS. PHURAH. ....................... 361

 

CHAPTER VII.

DANIEL—TYPE AND ANTITYPE.

Dan. 1-12.

 

HISTORICAL PARTS OF DANIEL. PROPHETICAL PARTS OF DANIEL. 431

 

CHAPTER VIII.

ANTITYPICAL DAVID'S FIRST APPEARANCE.

I Sam. 16.

 

SAUL'S REJECTION. SAMUEL'S SEEKING AND FINDING A SUCCESSOR. DAVID'S AND SAUL' S FIRST CONTACTS. .....................507

 

CHAPTER IX.

ANTITYPICAL DAVID AND GOLIATH.

1 Sam. 17.

 

GOLIATH'S ARMOR. HIS CHALLENGE. DAVID'S FITNESS. ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHALLENGE. PRE-COMBAT REMARKS. DAVID'S VICTORY. DAVID BEFORE SAUL. ......................541

 

CHAPTER X.

DAVID'S FIRST OPPOSITIONS FROM SAUL—TYPE

AND ANTITYPE.

1 Sam. 18-20.

 

THE CAUSE. THE FIRST FORMS. JONATHAN INTERCEDES FOR DAVID. FURTHER INJURIES. DAVID ESCAPES. FOUR FURTHER ATTEMPTED INJURIES. DAVID AND JONATHAN'S PERTINENT INTERVIEW. THEIR PARTING. ........................... 575

 

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