Aug 272012

The 1933 edition of The Majesty of the Symbol, or Bible Astronomy written by former Bethel Temple founder and pastor W. H. Offiler has been made available in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Bethel Fellowship International (BFI) website ( It can be accessed by going to the Bethel Book Room link, and scrolling down to W. H. Offiler, or by clicking the link below.

Permission to republish the 1933 edition of Pastor Offiler’s book was made available to BFI in September 2011 by The City Church, Kirkland, WA, U.S.A. It has taken many months to retype the original book using as-close- to-original fonts from the 1933 edition as possible. BFI wishes to thank Floyd Earlywine for the use of his original copy of the book that was used to retype the book, and Bob Reetz for scanning and supplying missing pages from Earlywine’s book.

This book is perhaps one of the most sought-after (old) Bethel Temple publications by Pastor Offiler. It deals with answering oft-asked questions as to the location of God’s throne, Heaven, and where loved-ones who have gone on before are today. Offiler gives insight into significance of the sun, the moon, and the stars. He also gives scientific information as to the speed of light, distances between the sun and earth, and even quotes scientists from the late 1800s and early 1900s confirming the teaching offered in the book.

Some of the scriptural references in The Majesty of the Symbol will certainly cause the reader to consider the simplicity and yet depth of God’s Word. The reader will certainly be challenged when he contemplates:

“The heavens declare the glory of God.” Psalm 19:1 and

” . . . who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:15-16

We quote Pastor Offiler in the foreword of his book as saying, “No truth of the Bible has been so shrouded in the mysteries of the indefinite and the unknown as the one presented in this book. No one, to our knowledge, has ever tried to locate the world of God called Heaven. Yet it is a subject of the most intense interest to every Christian, for every believer in the Gospel does believe in a real, tangible, and actual Heaven. We believe that, at death, the spirit of the Christian is carried immediately into the Presence of the Glory of God.”

You will certainly be enlightened after reading this out-of-the-past, yet relevant-today BFI publication.

Please feel free to download the PDF by clicking the highlighted link below.

The Majesty of the Symbol

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