Aimee Semple McPherson (Elizabeth Kennedy)

Mother of Modern Pentecostalism

"You have no business being sick - everyone of you should get well and get up and go to work, heh?

Get up, go to work, earn some money and help send the gospel out!" - Aimee

1890 Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy is born in and raised in rural Ingersoll, Canada.

Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy's worldly pursuits drew the consternation of her a Methodist father, James Kennedy who brought Aimee to a tent revival led by a visiting Pentecostal, Robert Semple, in an attempt to curb her licentious behavior.

Robert Semple introduced Aimee to Pentecostalism and marries her.

1915 George Jeffreys founds Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance in Ireland on four "conerstones" Regeneration, Baptism in the Spirit, Divine Healing, and the Second Coming.

"George Jeffreys and his brother Stephen were England's greatest (neo)evangelists after John Wesley and George Whitefield, and Aimee had worked with Jeffreys. The Elim Foursquare Gospel influenced the American Assemblies of God, which embraced the same four principles before Aimee had her vision in Oakland in 1922." - Daniel Mark Epstein

1922 Aimee Semple McPherson has a vision to found a religion which she calls the Foursquare Gospel, after a vision she has in Oakland. Aimee is preaching on the prophet Ezekiel's vision of hayyot - Man, Lion, Ox and Eagle, when suddenly she began to shake with emotion. Aimee saw in the mysterious symbols 'a complete Gospel for body, for soul, for spirit and eternity.'

Ancient humans needed to identify different directions of movement from a given spot on a plain.

The easiest method is to divide the horizon into four quarters and name each in realtion to the movement of the sun.

Egyptian and Babylonian mythologies used animals to depict abstract concepts while the Greeks used human likeness'.

These were synthesized to create depictions of natural phenomena that could not easily be explained by multiple common languages in use as they are abstract concepts.

In Christian images, the Tetramorph is the union of the symbols of the Four Evangelists, derived from the four living creatures in the Book of Ezekiel, into a single figure or, more commonly, a group of four figures. Each of the four Evangelists is associated with one of the living creatures, usually shown with wings. The most common association, but not the original or only, is: Matthew the Man, Mark the Lion, Luke the Ox, and John the Eagle.

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"Magic is a way of living. If one has done one's best to steer the chariot, and one then
notices that a greater other is actually steering it, then magical operation takes place."
Carl Jung, The Red Book, Page 314

Merkabah: The Chariot of Ascension

The Significance of the Chariot with Krishna and Arjuna

The Man, Lion, Ox and Eagle is the Merkabah - the same symbols used by British Israel.

Merkabah is envisaged as secret, obscure or esoteric knowledge - what men consider esoteric wisdom - the vehicle for the communication of human consciousness with the mysteries of the universe.

Merkabah refers to the use of the Chariot Throne, the four-wheeled vehicle driven by four "Chayot", each of which has four wings and the four faces of a man, lion, ox, and eagle which correspond to the four directions the chariot can go - north, east, south and west.

In this conceptualization the movement is restricted to two dimensions.

"As the Master said: The king among living creatures is a lion; the king among domestic beasts is an ox; the king among birds is an eagle, but man takes his place proudly above them, and the Holy One, blessed be He, takes His place proudly above them all, and above the whole world in its entirety." - Babylonian Talmud, Tract Hagiga, Chapter II

"Having mingled the Vital Spark from two according substances, mind and Divine Spirit, as a third to these He added Holy Compassion, the venerable Charioteer uniting all things." - The Chaldæan Oracles of Zoroaster, translated by W. Wynn Westcott

The Significance of the Chariot with Krishna and Arjuna

Old European Culture: The thundering sun god

Kabbalah uses the Sefirot as the Merkabah for descending or ascending through the various realities enumerated in the Kabbalah.

Several movements in Talmudic mysticism, including the Ma'asei Merkavah of the late Greco-Roman period following the destruction of the Second temple, and later, students of the Kabbalah, have focused on passages from Ezekiel, seeking underlying meaning and the Secrets of Creation in what they argued was the metaphoric language of the verses.

Due to the concern of some Torah scholars that misunderstanding these passages as literal descriptions of God's image might lead to blasphemy and/or idolatry, there was great opposition to studying this topic without proper initiation.

Talmudic commentaries emphasize that the imagery of the Merkaba is not meant to be taken literally; rather the chariot and its accompanying angels are analogies for the various ways that God reveals Himself on Earth.

Hasidic philosophy and Kabbalah discuss at length what each aspect of this vision represents.

In Christianity, the man, lion, ox, and eagle are used as symbols for the four evangelists (or gospel-writers), appear frequently in church decorations and appear in the Tarot card "The World".

The creatures are called Zoë (or the Tetramorph), and continuously surround the Chariot Throne, along with the twenty-four angelic rulers, the Seraphim, the Cherubim, the seven Archangels, the Ophanim, and countless angels, spirits, and saints, where they sing praises to the Trinity, and beg the Creator to have mercy on humankind.

Seraphim, flashing of fire, continuously ascending and descending, function like pistons to power the movement of the chariot.

In the hierarchy of these angels, Seraphim are the highest, that is, closest to God, followed by the Chayot, which are followed by the Ophanim.

The chariot is in a constant state of motion, and the energy behind this movement runs according to this hierarchy.

The movement of the Ofanim is controlled by the Chayot while the movement of the Chayot is controlled by the Seraphim.

The movement of all the angels of the chariot are controlled by the Likeness of Man on the Chariot Throne.

The sages rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai and later rabbi Akiva were deeply involved in Merkabah exegesis.

The Talmudic interdictions concerning Merkabah speculation are numerous and widely held.

Discussions concerning the Merkabah were limited to only the most worthy sages.

Admonitory legends are preserved about the dangers of overzealous speculation concerning the Merkabah.

Without the final initiation into the Merkabah the study of the Kabbalah will be ever incomplete, and the Merkabah can be taught only in 'darkness, in a deserted place, and after many and terrific trials.'

Since the death of Simeon Ben-Iochai this hidden mythology has remained an inviolate secret.

1948 British Israelism spawns the Christian Identity movement, which is incorporated in Los Angeles.

Offspring of the Identity movement are the Posse Comitatus, Aryan Nations, the Christian Patriot movement, the Committee of the States, the Unorganized Militia and other white supremacy groups.

The central belief in Identity movement dogma is the existence of two races on Earth: a godly white race descended from Adam and a satanic dark race fathered by Satan.

(De' dark cuz de' done been burned in the Fires of Hell!)

KKK members Charles Fox Parham and William Marrion Branham, taught this dogma as the "Two Seed."

Two Seed dogma, Jesus was not a Semite, but an Aryan.

The mythology claims that Adamic (Aryan) people, the children of Adam, are the Lost Tribes of Israel that fled to northern Europe and later became the Christian nations.

Richard Girnt Butler, a Lockheed aerospace engineer and neofascist, founded Aryan Nations, a movement built around Identity movement and the Two Seed dogma.

angelus temple

1922 Aimee Semple McPherson pioneers the use of vaudeville and theatrics in revival mettings to attract and hold the attention of her audience.

On one 150-day tour Aimee Semple McPherson travels 15,000 miles and delivers 336 sermons to audiences totaling over two million people.

1923 Aimee Semple McPherson builds Angelus temple, an enormous flagship church located in Talmudwood and provides hot meals for thousands of hungry people.

1924 Radio station KFSG (Kall Four Square Gospel) goes on air, with live broadcasts of Sunday services at the temple.

KFSG is the third radio station commissioned in Los Angeles.

Aimee Semple McPherson neoevangelic radio show reached millions of people over 45 radio stations during the Great Depression.

Seen at a Aimee Semple McPherson "Healing Revival":

"A little girl wore a pair of glasses one-half of which was entirely black.

I gathered that she was totally blind in one eye and almost blind in the other.

I sat upon the stage very close to the whole procedure.

While prayer was being made for her, the little girl, who appeared to be about 11 years of age, wept and sobbed and writhed in her eagerness to secure the help that she had been led to expect.

She left the platform and public claim was made by one of the workers that she had been healed, and the little girl verified the claim by a nod of the head given in reply to the question of the workers.

An hour later, when the meeting was out, I noticed a small cluster of women near the platform. I thought I saw the blind little girl in their midst, so I asked my wife to go over and investigate and talk to her if necessary.

She found the erstwhile 'cured' girl flat on her face on the floor, sobbing, with shattered hopes and a breaking heart.

Her disappointment was complete, and so was her disillusionment.

The improved sight that she seemed to have had in the midst of the excitement on the platform had disappeared, and with it the hope of the little girl." - Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Biographer Daniel Mark Epstein, though extremely sympathetic to Aimee Semple McPherson, admitted that those healed were "mostly diseases of the immune system, or attributed to hysteria."

"Aimee Semple McPherson built her career by replacing the 'Gospel of Fear, Hellfire, and Damnation' with the 'Gospel of Reconciliation and Compassion'" - Daniel Epstein

1933 Aimee Semple McPherson appears on Broadway.

Aimee Semple McPherson enters Vaudeville 1933

Aimee Semple McPherson's mother, Mildred (Minnie) Kennedy, was a partner in her daughter's successful religious empire but left "after receiving a broken nose during an explosive argument" with her daughter.

Aimee Semple McPherson, twice-divorced, committed adultery with her radio engineer and died of a illegally obtained barbiturate overdose.

International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG)

Angelus temple, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel has now grown to include more than 1,834 fellowships in America, and over 29,973 fellowships worldwide.

There are currently more than 3 and a half million members in 123 countries around the globe.

At the end of the reporting year, there were 48,271 Foursquare employees.

International Church of the Foursquare Gospel presently ranks as one of the three or four most recognized branches of Charismatic Pentecostalism.

Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, had been raised in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, although he states he never met Aimee Semple McPherson.

"My mother sat under Aimee's ministry, even played in the band, and later on (after Aimee's controversial death) worked in the central offices there at Angeles temple. However, to my knowledge, she never met Ms McPherson, and neither did my father." - Chuck Smith

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