Introduction by Rick Farwell


This web site is dedicated to the labors past and present of those who are students in God's Word, the Sacred Scriptures.

The desire is to share the fruits of their toil of love with His saints, this being their sole motivation.

Here we have sought to bring forth an application of our Lord's eighth and last parable of Matthew Thirteen: "Yet this He says to them 'because of this, every writer when being made a learner as regards to the reign of the heavens, he is as to a man, a home-owner, who is extracting out of the treasure of him new things and old things'" (Matt. 13:52). My translation.

The Differentiator, a small periodical with its humble beginnings in Tacoma, Washington, USA, in the year 1939. Pastor E. A. Larsen, who championed God's purpose of bringing all mankind back to Himself in the reconciliation of all, was the first Editor of this independent publication.

The first issues had on the masthead under the name of the magazine, "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in KNOWLEDGE and all JUDGMENT: that ye may APPROVE THINGS THAT ARE EXCELLENT" (Phil. 1:9-10) and underneath this Scripture these three lines: –A journal of instruction and edification– *Will be issued as often as possible*

—Made possible only by voluntary contributions— Sometime around the tenth year the magazine changed the Scripture quotation to: "This is my prayer that your love may be more and more accompanied by clear knowledge and keen perception, FOR TESTING THINGS THAT DIFFER so that you may be men of transparent character, blameless in preparation for The Day of Christ."

Weymouth's Phil. 1:10
And the Associate Editor, Mr. (later Dr.) Frank Neil Pohorlak added these words which became a permanent motto for all future issues albeit with minor changes:

"Devoted to a reverent research of the Sacred Scriptures for the purpose of the upbuilding of the Body of Christ"

In about the year 1951, the magazine's editor had to cease publication due to health concerns and financial hardship, it looked to be the end of another small witness to the Scriptures. Then, after a few months a meeting in the home of Mrs. S. G. Davies in Llanelli, Wales, Great Britain brought together the two contributing Editors, Mr. Alexander Thomson of Edinburgh, Scotland and Major R. B. Withers of Penznace, England of the now defunct Differentiator. Support was gathered from this meeting and The Differentiator began anew, this time from the British Isles!

Thus began Volume 14. It and all later issues had after their volume number the words "New Series", to reflect the new publication, and the motto in its final form:

"Devoted to reverent research of the Sacred Scriptures for the purpose of the upbuilding of the Body of Christ."

The magazine continued in publication till Vol. 32 #6 December 1970, seven months after the death of Major Withers, who was the last surviving Editor.

It is primarily to these last eighteen volumes of The Differentiator that this site is dedicated. And the research of the three with whom, I have found the most significant, ground-breaking recovery of truth from this periodical.

Alexander Thomson: Should be credited for his studies in Greek and Hebrew vocabulary, on the Greek Middle Voice, the Greek Definite Article, and his work upon the Greek Verbal Adjectives. He was helped greatly by the researched findings of Dr. E. W. Bullinger, and later by Mr. A. E. Knoch with whom he had earlier worked. Perhaps his Magnum Opus—"Who is our God?" remains still as one of the most penetrating studies of God in Christ.

Major R. B. Withers: His keen interest in Science and History, combined with a strong devotion to the Scriptures' accuracy, lead this man's spiritually anointed and scientifically trained analytical mind into many fruitful fields of reverent research. Some of his great literary works include, "The Greek Scriptures Historically Considered.", "The Dating of Paul's Epistles", "Dating The Gospels", "'The Fall' and the 'Two Natures'", "Dispensational Truth", and many others you will find reprinted here at The Differentiator Revisited.

Commander J. G. H. Steedman: His association with this publication was quite brief {from April, 1964 till his death on Dec. 26th, 1968} compared to Mr. Thomson and Major Withers, but his research proved to be complementary and in my opinion, quite revolutionary. His findings in the area of prophetic truth cleared the way for us to rid ourselves of the burden of trying to fit the Seventy-Sevens of Daniel 9:24-27 into a semi-preterist mold (that is, only one Seven is yet future). His logical and Scriptural arguments allowed us to see a strong case that the entire prophecy of the "weeks", or better, heptads of years, has yet to begin. He credited his understanding to a Mr. Otis Q. Sellers from some articles in the latter's magazine The Word of Truth of which Commander Steedman said: "...a series of articles on the restoration of Israel to the land of their fathers and drew the readers' attention to the Passages in Leviticus and Deuteronomy that have been referred to at the beginning of this short exposition on the same subject. I was very interested in these articles and could not see anything wrong in his exegesis. I examined it closely and found that it met most, if not all the objections that I had encountered in my studies of the orthodox pre-millennial and other interpretations that I had previously come across. These earlier interpretations were studied, followed, yet with reservation, always hoping that some firmer ground would be found on which to take my stand than was hitherto forthcoming. I read, re-read, checked and cross-checked all these articles and became convinced that he had certainly received considerable light on the subject and that it was well worthwhile pursuing. Before doing so, however, a preliminary study was undertaken of the promises and covenants and all prophetic utterances made to Abraham from his call out of Ur of the Chaldees, and to his descendants throughout the Pentateuch. This was done without resorting to reading commentaries or any other books, save the Companion Bible, Young's Analytical Concordance and a few other reference books at my disposal. In other words, apart from anything that might have been retained in my memory from past reading, what was learned was first-hand, and, with the help of, and depending upon the Spirit of God for guidance, considerable notes were made over a period of more than a year. Each section was gone through carefully by a friend, who also was a keen student of the Scriptures, a believer in the full inspiration of the Word of God in the original languages. He was extremely critical and jealous that nothing should be written that had not full scripture support. Sometimes I had to abandon an idea that had occurred to me on this account. At other times I was able to convince him that there was sufficient support for a statement that had been made or conclusion that had been reached."

And of course we are also featuring some "new things" in the way of contributed works from myself, Ted McDivitt, and others to be announced in the coming months. Articles and questions should to our email address:

Once again, it was good of you to stop by, and may these expositions lead you to a fuller appreciation of the treasures in His Word.

Yours in Him and His Service,
Rick R. Farwell

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Editors: Rick Farwell & Myles Newman