Aimee Semple McPherson (Elizabeth Kennedy)
"You have no business being
sick - everyone of you should get well
and get up and go to work, heh? Get up and go to work and earn some money and
help send the gospel out!" - Aimee1890 Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy is born in and raised in rural
Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy's worldly pursuits drew the
consternation of her a
father, James Kennedy who brought Aimee to a tent revival led by a visiting
Robert Semple, in an attempt to curb her licentious behavior.
Semple introduced Aimee to
and marries her.
1915 George Jeffreys founds Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance in
Ireland on four "conerstones"
Baptism in the Spirit,
Divine Healing, and
the Second Coming.
Jeffreys and his brother Stephen were England's greatest
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
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
needed to identify different directions of movement from a given spot on a
The easiest method is to
divide the horizon into four
quarters and name each in realtion to the movement of the sun.
and Babylonian mythologies used animals to
depict abstract concepts while the
Greeks used human
These were synthesized to create
depictions of natural
phenomena that could not easily be explained by
multiple common languages in use as they are
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.
The Man, Lion, Ox and Eagle is the Merkabah - the same symbols used by
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
Merkabah refers to the use of the
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
The Significance of the Chariot with Krishna and
Old European Culture: The thundering sun god
Kabbalah uses the
Sephiroth as the Merkabah for
descending or ascending through the various realities enumerated in the
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
focused on these passages from Ezekiel,
seeking underlying meaning and the
Secrets of Creation in
what they argued was the metaphoric language of
Due to the concern of some
Torah scholars that
misunderstanding these passages as
literal descriptions of
God's image might lead to
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
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.
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
The Talmudic interdictions
concerning Merkabah speculation are numerous and widely held.
concerning the Merkabah were limited to only the most worthy sages.
Admonitory legends are
preserved about the dangers of overzealous speculation concerning the
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
British Israelism spawns the
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
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
(De' dark cuz de' done been burned in the
Fires of Hell).
Parham and William Marrion
Branham, taught this dogma as the "Two Seed."
Two Seed dogma,
Jesus was not a Semite, but an
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.
Aimee Semple McPherson pioneered the use of
Talmudwood theatrics in
revival mettings to attract and hold the attention of her audience.
one 150-day tour it is estimated that Aimee Semple McPherson traveled 15,000
miles and delivered 336 sermons to audiences totaling more than two million
1923 Aimee Semple McPherson builds
Angelus temple, an enormous flagship church located in
provided hot meals for thousands of hungry people.
Radio station KFSG (short
for "Kall Four Square Gospel") goes on air, with live broadcasts of Sunday
services at the temple.
KFSG was the third radio station
commissioned in Los Angeles.
Aimee Semple McPherson
neoevangelic radio show
reached millions of people over 45 radio stations during the
Seen at a Aimee Semple McPherson
"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
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.
the platform and public claim was made by one of the workers that she had been
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.
was complete, and so was her disillusionment.
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
Biographer Daniel Mark
Epstein, though extremely sympathetic to Aimee Semple McPherson, admitted that
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
Aimee Semple McPherson appears on Broadway.
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
International Church of the
Foursquare Gospel (ICFG)
Angelus temple, the
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a non-profit
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
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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