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51. JW's Splinter groups The Goshen Fellowship (1951 - Present)

JW's Splinter groups The Goshen Fellowship (1951 - Present)

From the internet:
The Goshen Fellowship was formed as a result of the ministry of Jesse Hemery. He was undoubtedly the most prominent Bible Student/Jehovah's Witness in England, serving as Vice President of the IBSA, a position he held until 1946 since his appointment by Pastor Russell in 1901. He was disfellowshipped by N. H. Knorr in 1951. Although he accepted much of Russell's interpretations, he did reject the second presence as being a current reality. Believing Revelation was to be fulfilled in the future, he wrote a few commentaries on Revelation and other books of prophecy. He died in 1955 shortly after founding the "Goshen Fellowship" in 1951. Frank Lewis Brown headed the group for many years, publishing Zion's Herald, a monthly journal beginning in 1965.
http://bijbelvorsers.webs.com/apps/forums/topics/show/3518291-jesse-hemery-and-goshen-fellowship

According to a Great Brittain source the movement now is defunct.

I think this group have two good points in common with the "Back to the Bible way" movement:

1. They reject the second presence as being a current reality
2. Believing Revelation was to be fulfilled in the future


Writings:

1. Ministry of the lamb,  108 pages
Zion's herald
Autor: Frank Lewis Brown
Editor: Goshen Fellowship, 1970

http://books.google.ro/books/about/Ministry_of_the_lamb.html?id=CzhtPAAACAAJ&redir_esc=y

2. The scripture of truth: the vision, its understanding, 84 pages 
Autor: Frank Lewis Brown
Editor: Goshen Fellowship, 1967


Zion's Herald: Journal of the Goshen Fellowship, published in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. 10 issues, 3-11/1973. 
Goshen Fellowship, London, England, Detroit, MI 1970-73
Jonah 'Read' in the Light of the Unveiling of Jesus Christ, by Frank L. Brown (Goshen Fellowship, England) 1973 
The Revealer of Secrets: Joseph, God's Chosen Interpreter, by Frank L. Brown (Goshen Fellowship, England) 1973 

http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt5b69q9tj/dsc/?query=Goshen%20Fellowship;dsc.position=1#hitNum2 

3. A Bible Study Investigation Into Our Relationship to God and Into "The Time of the End"
Following intensive study Jesse Hemery produced his first book in December 1951 entitled Revelation Unfolded. 
It was printed privately accompanied by a booklet entitled Christ's Great Prophecy of the Coming Events.
Author: Jesse Hemery, Trevor Pope notes
Editor: Xlibris Corporation

Here is the Foreword, with kind permision of brother Pope


FOREWORD
In these disturbing times a popular Christian opinion is that we are in “the time of the end” spoken of in the Bible, when the second coming of Christ is imminent. Some even assert that His appearance could occur almost any day now. This publication  is a form of Bible study which investigates what the scriptures record about “the time of the end.” Most importantly it examines what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked Him what visible evidence would there be to indicate the time of His return.  

The following material is based upon the writings of Jesse Hemery, one of the most highly respected Bible students of his generation. He was born in 1864 and died in 1963 aged ninety-nine. For many years he served in London, England as the first president of the International Bible Students Association. Inevitably he was familiar with the various Bible student movements that had emerged in the nineteenth century, mainly in America. A dominant characteristic was the emphasis they placed on chronology to forecast the year of the return of Jesus Christ. In earlier centuries individuals had speculated along similar lines, but the nineteenth century seems to have produced more attempts than any other to link chronology to Bible prophecy.

Early in that century William Miller a Baptist preacher founded The Adventists. He aroused great attention preaching that Jesus Christ would return to earth in 1843, but later changed the year to 1844. He derived this date by applying chronology to his interpretation of one of Daniel’s prophecies in the Bible. When the expected advent did not materialise, proving his calculations to have been wrong, his preaching was described as “the Great Disappointment.” Miller died five years later aged sixty-seven.

Undaunted by Miller’s failure a Mr Nelson Barbour, describing himself as a Second  Adventist, began publishing in 1869 a magazine called The Midnight Cry. He had been a follower of William Miller, and an enthusiast for his chronology; so much so that he used the same formula as that of Miller. Barbour argued that Miller’s chronology was based on a historical event that occurred 30 years later than Miller had thought. So he convinced himself and many others that the Lord’s visible return would be in 1874.

When this proved not to be the case Barbour, still convinced his chronology was accurate, asserted Christ had indeed returned but was invisibly present in the lower heavens. Accordingly he changed the name of his magazine to Herald of The Morning. Other Bible students, among them a Pastor C.T. Russell, had also concluded the Lord’s return would begin with an invisible presence. So, many thousands of them adopted Barbour’s chronology with its 1874 date and believed that Christ had returned.

Years later in 1922 J.F. Rutherford, the new president of Russell’s Watchtower Society, claimed yet another date for Christ‘s return, based on chronology. He announced that 1914 had been the year of the Lord’s invisible arrival. Rutherford’s rejection  of the 1874 date in which he had previously believed was based on time periods and incidents in the scriptures different from those used by Miller and Barbour.

These Second Advent preachers of the past with their conflicting opinions on chronology held one interpretation principle on which they were all agreed; and which is still accepted by many in the present day. It is known as “the year for a day principle,” and consists of rejecting the literal definition of the prophetic “days” forecast by angels in the books of Daniel and Revelation. It insists these prophetic days are not real days, but are symbolic of years.  Otherwise stated it is claimed that a day in these prophecies represents a year in their fulfilment. There is absolutely no scriptural authority for applying this theory to prophecies that are said to relate to “the time of the end.” The improper use of chronology and its interpretation has caused much confusion, even unintended deception for many years.

The legacy of these nineteenth century adventist beliefs has permeated Bible student thinking through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. It lead to the abiding belief that the return of the Lord is imminent, and in the minds of many that He has already returned invisibly. Therefore the great prophecies of the time of the end in the books of Daniel and Revelation which focus on specific and unusual events that must occur before the Lord returns are often considered as being either symbolic or as having been fulfilled; and are therefore of little relevance to the present.

During the 1940s Jesse Hemery, ever an ardent student of the scriptures, focussed his attention on Bible prophecies relating to the second coming of Christ, while rejecting  the use of chronology for that purpose. He observed that Jesus himself when asked about the time of His return made no reference to chronology, declaring that God, His Father, was the only one who knows the date. Instead Jesus spoke of definite events that would indicate the imminence of His return and quoted events from the prophet Daniel in particular. So Hemery’s writings are free from the bewildering use of chronological interpretation which caused such confusion both past and present.

Following intensive study Jesse Hemery produced his first book in December 1951 entitled Revelation Unfolded, accompanied by a booklet entitled Christ’s Great Prophecy of the Coming Events. During the first half of the 1950s he produced other literature, notable among which were the books Daniel Unfolded and The Second Coming of Christ. 

The reality of what Bible prophecies predict for “the time of the end” is startling to many Christians studying them for the first time. Some believers accustomed to the popular teaching that undesirable events preceding our Lord’s return were fulfilled years ago are comfortable with that tradition. As such they are less inclined to re-examine for themselves the questionable evidence used to support it. One should remember, when discussing these future events, Jesus warned constantly of the risk of being deceived and said, ”What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch” (Mark 13:37).

The editor and compiler of these study notes on the writings of Jesse Hemery also held the opinion originally that much of these prophecies had already been fulfilled. Having re-examined the evidence has led to the overwhelming conviction that their fulfilment is not past, but is in the near future. To be prepared, and to help others to be prepared, every Christian believer needs to know there is a crisis of faith still to come that will immediately precede the Lord’s coming for His Church.

Most of what follows herein is expressed in the words of Jesse Hemery and found to be as relevant today (in 2006) as when he spoke and wrote many years ago.  His writings have been edited with additional notes and explanation by Trevor Pope. It is not the purpose of this study to prove the authenticity of the scriptures, for these notes are written to assist Christians who have already accepted the Bible as the word of God. Nevertheless the consistency of these end-time visions, conveyed by angels over a period of some six hundred years, is a testimony in itself to the authenticity of scripture. It would be well for anyone whose expectations are even remotely derived from chronology to verify in detail for themselves whether or not the dramatic Bible prophecies studied here have in fact actually been fulfilled.

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good”  (1 Thess. 5:21).

http://books.google.ro/books?id=o3VJ06tNUDsC&pg=PR11&dq=Revelation+Unfolded+Jesse+Hemery&hl=hu&sa=X&ei=mJCdT_HQKeuL4gT5i82pDg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Revelation%20Unfolded%20Jesse%20Hemery&f=false

4. Revelation Unfolded: Its Message and Its Call to God's Israel, 221 pages 
Author: Jesse Hemery 

http://books.google.ro/books?id=q1JpHAAACAAJ&dq=Revelation+Unfolded+Jesse+Hemery&hl=hu&sa=X&ei=mJCdT_HQKeuL4gT5i82pDg&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAg

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Britain

Jesse Hemery was appointed overseer of the Watch Tower Society's British Isles branch office by Russell in 1901,[1] holding that post until 1946.[2] Hemery founded the Goshen Fellowship after he was disfellowshipped by N.H. Knorr in 1951.[2]


1^^ 1973 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, page 92, "The British Isles"
2a b Willis, Tony. A People for His Name: A History of Jehovah's Witnesses and an Evaluation. 2007. p. 268.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses_splinter_groups#cite_ref-Willis.2C_Tony_2007._p._268_1-1

According to Roy Goodrich Jesse H. claims that he was the faithful servant. But I don't know if this was just an information about JH or a even Roy himself hold this view.

Read more: http://christianwjah.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=study&thread=162&page=1#ixzz2AmVrlv5f

See also:
41. The 2520 year theory is from William Miller, not from God
42. The 2520 years Gentile Times are from God or from Joshua Spalding?
43. Who were the first associated of pastor Charles Taze Russell?
44. Adventist linked origin of Bible Students & Jehovah's Witnesses
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2012/12/adventist-origin-of-bible-students.html 
45. Charles Taze Russell early view about Nelson H. Barbour as "the chosen vessel of God"
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2012/12/charles-taze-russell-early-view-about.html
46. A new split of the Second Adventists and the appearance of the Bible Student movement
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2013/01/parkinson-james-bible-student-movement.html
47. Request for A.P. Pottle, "The Power of the Mind," The Golden Age
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2013/01/no-sleep.html
48. Gerard Gertoux book's excellent review: Not a Nameless God - by George L Pullman
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2013/01/gerard-gertoux-books-excellent-review.html
49. CT Russell's wrong view about the gentile times and the great tribulation
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2013/01/ct-russell-about-gentile-times-and.html
50. JW's Splinter groups: Free Bible Students Romanian Trip Report
http://waitingforthefinaltest.blogspot.ro/2013/01/romanian-trip-report.html

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