"The Path of the Just is as the Shining Light,
That Shineth More and More
Unto the Perfect Day."
(With An Appendix)
"Which of The Prophets have not your Fathers Persecuted?" (Acts 7:52).
PAUL S. L. JOHNSON
PHILADELPHIA, PA., U. S. A.
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 fullness of the times He
might gather together in one
all things, under
Eph. 3:4, 5, 9; 1:8–10.
BY PAUL S. L. JOHNSON
IT IS the design of this volume of the Epiphany Studies in the Scriptures to set forth the antitypes of the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, with the exception of those parts of them that treat of David and Solomon. Those parts of these books that treat of David are given, as to their small antitype, in the two volumes of this work entitled "The Parousia Messenger." Those parts of these books that treat of Solomon will, as to their small antitype, be discussed, D. v., in a chapter that is to be added to another volume of this work. The present volume treats first, of antitypical Samuel in two chapters; then of antitypical Samuel and Saul in one chapter. Thereafter it gives the antitypes of the kings of Israel and Judah insofar as they concern their large parallels. We say large parallels, in which the years in the lives of these are paralleled by the years of certain Gospel-Age movements just 2520 years later, because there is a small parallel in which the years of these kings are paralleled by days in the Epiphany. This small parallel has been explained in EJ, chapter 6. It might be added that there is a third set of antitypes of the kings of Judah and Israel, that is, certain specialized antitypes, for example, Elijah as the type of the Church as God's reformer-mouthpiece to the world from Jordan to its final deliverance, Elisha as the type of the Great Company and Youthful Worthies, first, as the servants of the Church until it lost mouthpieceship to the world, and thereafter, as God's mouthpiece to the world, particularly as Societyites. There are numerous other specialized antitypes in these books. In the appendix we treat briefly of the specialized antitype of Athaliah and Joash and their acts. The first part of the appendix treats of the Gospel-Age antitypes of lamentations set forth in Lam. 1-5.
From the above it can be readily inferred how rich in typical teachings the six books treated of in this volume are. That the two books of Samuel and the two books of Kings are typical, and that typically prophetic, is evident from the fact that, in the Hebrew Old Testament, they belong to its second division, which is in Hebrew called The Prophets. This division has two parts, the first, the
books from Joshua to 2 Kings inclusive, being by God called The Earlier Prophets, and the second, consisting of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the twelve minor prophets, is there called The Later Prophets. From what Peter said (Acts 3:24) we infer that Samuel, the first of the line of prophets, wrote Joshua, Judges and Ruth, and from 1 Chro. 29:29, we infer that he wrote the bulk of 1 Sam. The questions arise, Why does God call the former set of books "Earlier Prophets" since they are historical in character, and how could the inspired Peter refer to these four books, as well as to the rest of these historical books, as Prophets? The reply to these questions is that they are prophetic. They are histories that give prophetic types, that is, types that foretell future persons, events and things. From this fact we infer that 1 and 2 Chro., treating of the same general events, are also typically prophetic. It is these facts that have moved the author to study these books as types of future things in the unfolding plan of God, and to set forth his Divinely illuminated findings thereon in this volume. That upon its ministry God may richly bestow His blessing is the prayer of its author.
Your brother and servant,
PAUL S. L. JOHNSON.
July 7, 1945.
ISRAEL'S FIRST PROPHET AND KING.
1 Sam. 1-4.
PRENATAL EXPERIENCES. BIRTH AND BOYHOOD. EVIL PRIESTS. EARLY ACTIVITIES AS PROPHET. THE FIRST BATTLE. THE SECOND BATTLE. 7
1 Sam. 5-8.
THE ARK AT ASHDOD; AT GATH; AT EKRON.WORK OF THE PHILISTINE LORDS. BETH-SHEMITES. KIRJAH-JEARIMITES. WAR WITH THE PHILISTINES. DESIRING A KING. 83
SAMUEL AND SAUL.
1 Sam. 9-15.
SAUL MADE KING. HIS VICTORY OVER NAHASH. SAMUEL'S VINDICATION AND EXHORTATIONS. SAUL'S FIRST WAR WITH THE PHILISTINES. HIS DISOBEDIENCE. 181
LARGE PARALLELS OF JUDAH'S AND
1 Kings 12:1–2 Kings 8:29; 2 Chron. 13:1–22:5.
CHRONOLOGICAL HARMONIES. EARLIER PARALLEL PROTESTANT MOVEMENTS. THEIR MANY CONTROVERSIES. ANTITYPICAL ELIJAH AND ELISHA. 273
SOME MIDDLE PARALLELS.
2 Kings 9-11:21; 13:1-23; 14:15, 16; 23-29; 15:8-12;
2 Chron. 22:10-23:21.
JEHU. JEHOHOAZ. JEHOASH. JEROBOAM II. ZACHARIAH. ATHALIAH. JOASH. 383
OTHER MIDDLE PARALLELS.
2 Kings 11:21-12:21; 12:1-14, 17-20; 2 Chron. 24:1-25:28.
JOASH (OF JUDAH). AMAZIAH.WAR BETWEEN AMAZIAH AND JOASH (OF ISRAEL). 471
2 Kings 14:21–17:41; 18:9-12; 2 Chron. 26:1–28:27.
UZZIAH. JOTHAM. AHAZ. SHALLUM. MENAHEM. PEKAHIAH. PEKAH. AHAZ. HOSHEA. 527
HEZEKIAH. MANASSEH. AMON. JOSIAH. JEHOAHAZ. JEHOIAKIM. JEHOIACHIN. ZEDEKIAH. 619