Ruth Jones (1895–1976) ascended at the age of 80. She had been a Keeper of the Flame for 13 years. For most of her life she served God as a devout Baptist, teaching Sunday school and working as a principal and teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina. She had a master’s degree in elementary education and a great love for children.
After her husband and twin flame, Sidney Jones, went before her in the ritual of the ascension, Ruth lived and served with the Messengers for almost a decade. When the time of Ruth’s transition drew near, she fought death as the last enemy. Although her physical body suffered, she was full of praise and love for God.
I proclaim to you this day the ascension of a Keeper of the Flame who has served among you as a Sister of the Golden Robe. She has come with wisdom and with instruction and with a gentle caring for the children of God. I proclaim to you the first ascension of 1976, the ascension of the Keeper of the Flame Ruth O. Jones, who has lived and served with the messengers at the Retreat of the Resurrection Spiral for nearly a decade, whom God so loved that he placed her upon the cross to suffer there awhile with Jesus that he might take her down from the cross and raise her up with the Immortal One.
On January 3, 1976, at 5:00 p.m., this daughter of the Most High was raised by the grace of God in the current of the ascension flame. By consciously, willingly putting off the old man in time and space, she put on the new and exchanged the body terrestrial for the body celestial. Bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things, enduring all things, she overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of the testimony of the saints.
I transfer by the authority of her own ascended presence the ray of her mantle, the momentum of her dedication, to every Keeper of the Flame and every soul who will read this announcement and who will believe in Christ, in the ascension of her soul and in the possibility of the ascension of his own soul. And the ray of her heart is filled with gratitude for the messengers and the masters who cleared the way for her homecoming. She stands with the immortals to pass on to souls climbing the highest mountain the techniques of self-mastery and of overcoming.
Let this truth and this immortal witness refute the lie of the Fallen One that there is no ascension, no afterlife, no eternity in God. Let her tangible radiation, her very present nearness to all who believe, be the conviction on earth as in heaven that Keepers of the Flame are ascending day by day, that the door of heaven is open, that “I AM the door which no man can shut,” that there is a science and a mathematics to the attainment of immortality, that this is the goal of life which can be seen, which can be achieved, and that you can be fitted for that goal.
Calendar of Holy Days, January 1994.
- Eph. 4:22–24; Col. 3:9–10; I Cor. 15:40.
- I Cor. 13:7; Rev. 12:11.
- John 10:9; Rev. 3:8.
- Kuthumi and the Brothers of the Golden Robe, Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 19, no. 3, January 18, 1976.