Question: What is meant by the Epiphany period in its narrow sense, and in its wider sense or senses?
Answer: The Epiphany period began in the Fall of 1914, when World War 1 began the fighting stage of the great Time of Trouble (Luke 17: 28-30). The Time of Trouble has a wide sense, which covers the period from 1874 until the end of anarchy and Jacob’s Trouble. But the Epiphany period does not have such a wide sense. Unlike the Time of Trouble, its beginning in its narrow and wider senses was in 1914, not 1874.
Bro. Johnson stated that the duration of the Epiphany period in its narrow, or restricted, sense would be until 1954. The Epiphany would then begin to end [in its narrow sense] in 1954 with [in a wider sense] a probable lapping of two years and one month into the Basileia, Kingdom period. But later, he showed that there would be additional lapping of the Epiphany into the Basileia, and therefore that there would be more than one wider sense, in addition to the narrow sense, which ended in 1954.
As far as the world is concerned, the Epiphany is divided into four distinct periods: (1) the War (World Wars 1 and 2) and its aftermath; (2) the Revolution, or Armageddon, and its aftermath; (3) Anarchy and its aftermath; and (4) Jacob’s Trouble and its aftermath. But as far as God’s people are concerned, it is divided into two periods: (1) the time in which the Priesthood deals with Azazel’s Goat; and (2) the time in which the Priesthood deals with the cleansed Levites. The Epiphany and the Time of Trouble will end at the same time.