This Is Apollos

This is Apollos, to the Churches in Asia. Greetings. I do not know whether war is necessary against you, but it seems our elected governor, put in power by good Christians, wishes to seethe a dispute with you over something that was ordained by God, and directed to bring the deceiving nations a sense of humility. For as you know there are rumors of great plagues terrorizing all the inhabitants of the world. This was by no fault of yours, I am sure, but was in fact God’s design to bring back repentant souls, and to discourage the wicked from establishing their regimes. For, there were earthquakes in Assyria, and great works wrought by God which brought the unbelieving hearts of many to Christ.

It was said by one man in particular, that it was a good deed to go to war with Babylon. He had said, “God had told me to war with Babylon.” Had God spoken to this man, he would have clearly seen in Jeremiah that it was a foul and disgusting thing to go to war with Babylon. Which, the whole world has suffered under needless wars for centuries now, but he has caused the nations to doubt whether Christ is truly the Son of God.

Doubtless, you hear rumors about Homosexuality, how it is clean and right, and that women are not forbidden by Christ to commit fornication. When, indeed, when Christ spoke of men, he spoke of women. Equally, they both bear the weight of guilt under the law, and equally, both are shareholders of the same rewards and punishments. Do not accept this heresy, as it will confuse the church, and lead to a great falling away, as is prophesied. Rather, humble those brethren who believe such things, by reminding them it is a filthy act which is committed by the sons of men, and it need not be entertained as righteous, but as an abomination and filth.

Furthermore, there are those of the Amorites who have chosen God, and have colonized the land of Moab. These have found it dutiful to restrict certain luxuries in their villages, and it is done in the name of Christ. Such abstinence ought to be observed by all, to a less radical degree. For, it is these luxuries which are causing the most deceptions.

Furthermore, if I write to you a letter, churches in Asia, I write it to tell you to obey your governors, for I have prayed fervently for a place where Christ may flourish, for His spirit is fading in all of Europe. I believe that by your swift obedience to the laws, and by your unwillingness to partake in revolts, you will sway your emperors to allow Christ to be freely preached, for no other freedom do we need. For with Christ comes all freedom, and without Christ, what is called freedom is actually a bond and restraint.

Therefore, it must be said that sheep feed on grass, and chew the cud. They do not feed on wars nor violence. Do not hesitate to reprimand officials for their crimes, for Jeremiah had done such, and was rewarded greatly by God. However, do not take up stones to hurl at brethren, for wars are not our business. Only the preservation of the Gospel. Therefore, feed on the cud, and chew on it, for if you do, you shall remain wise and satisfied by poetry and the sundry things which Christ has given you the liberty to understand. For it is wise to get wisdom, and to use it for the expediency of peace. Understand that Christ is the Word, and the unwise cannot perceive Him, therefore, pray that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit to perceive what remains holy, but hidden from their eyes. However, also know that there will be wars and rumors of wars, and we are not to violate our love for Christ by fighting. Let Moabites fight for Moab, and let Assyrians fight for Assyria. However, we shall not resist Babylon.

If you doubt that this is indeed Apollos, I have it on confidence that I have talked with Paul, and am indeed the man whom he referred to, who was called up to the Third Heaven. And what was not lawful to speak, I shall not speak. However, it was not licentiousness that God confided to me, but rather the mystery of Zion. Antichrist will say that it was licentiousness since we share a similar mind, and this shall be a subtle way to identify him when he comes. For the Spirit of God attests that Jesus Christ is come in the Flesh, therefore, He is not merely an idea or fable, but is the living, breathing God, seated in His glorified body with the Father in heaven. Amen.

The Cedars of Lebanon

Covered in duct tape,

One sliver of tape across the top of its binding,

That’s split in the middle to the original black cover—

 

Revelation Chapter 22 falls out every time it’s opened.

 

It’s ten inches in height,

Five and a half in length,

Two and a half in depth.

 

There is an inch and a half tear

In the top corner of the binding

On the back cover.

 

The Duct tape frays at every edge.

Its pages curl on the corners.

It’s very flexible.

Weighs about eight ounces.

Biblical History

Did you know, oh wise men

Akhenaten was the

Cruel Pharaoh of Egypt?

The years of kings, judges

And the exiles, come

Well within error’s mark?

 

Did you know, oh wise men

That Abraham is said

To have lived during

Mesopotamia’s

Time? Hamurabi’s code

Was codified right when

Abraham’s said to live?

 

Could ancient writers be

So precise, or have so

Much knowledge to do

These two miraculous

Things? I say they couldn’t.

 

Abraham appears at

The first description of

The Law, and Aten’s Cult

Appears right when Moses

Parted the large Red Seas?

Could it be anything

Less than a miracle?

 

Antichrist

One of the reasons the enemy is so cruel

Is that he knows when men are wicked

God will send plagues for their evening gruel.

Thus, he further disheartens mankind

When men lose faith and trust in the lies

They have no rhyme or reason to know what has been done.

This plague we are suffering is from God the Father, Spirit and Son.

 

Thus, the enemy will use it to bray

And to say, “There is no God, for why would He send a plague?”

They, in eternal hatred and strife

Will say, “We had done everything we could to hide

“You during this wicked outbreak.”

However, there is a God, this proves it is so.

For men are being wicked, and God has here shown

That men were falling away from the faith.

My children, do not be, I say do not be afraid.

 

So when Antichrist is in power for aught

He will take advantage of every plague when God’s wroth.

Evangelist

In the scripture,

It says “The Law Converts the Heart.”

Abstract theories of the universe cannot sway

A man to believe in Christ.

If the stem of a banana is a cola tap.

We cannot be Dr. Pangloss.

Because I believe wholly that the Law of God is

The measure by which we preach.

 

“Have you stolen?”

Yes.

“Have you blasphemed?”

Yes.

“Do you know that every blasphemy leaves a permanent stain?”

No.

At this my face flushed red.

“Have you ever looked at a woman with lust?”

No.

“Your friend says you’re lying.”

I blush even more.

“Have you called your brother a fool?”

Many times.

“That is the same as murder to God.”

“Have you ever told a lie about someone?”

Yes.

“Whose work do you rely on to get into heaven.”

My own.

“Well, that is breaking the Sabbath. That carries a death sentence.”

“Have you ever wanted something that someone else owned?”

Yes.

“Have you ever made an idol?”

“No, I never did that.”

“So, you never put your popularity above a relationship with a friend?”

Well, yes.

“What do you think caused you to do that?”

Idolatry.

“Have you ever been ashamed of Jesus in public?”

No.

“So, you could walk up to anyone on this boardwalk, and talk about Jesus?”

Yes.

“Why not him?”

Okay, no.

“Wouldn’t you call that Idolatry?”

“Have you ever worshiped another God?”

No, never. I always believed in Jesus.

“So, you never sinned?”

Well, I sinned.

“Then when you were sinning, were you putting Jesus above everything else?”

No.

“Then, you have worshiped other gods.”

“Have you ever dishonored your father or mother.”

No.

“Have you ever done something directly to disobey them?”

Yes.

“Then you have dishonored your father and mother.”

Yes.

 

“Then you have just admitted to breaking every one of God’s commandments.”

Yes.

“What are you going to do to be saved?”

Can’t God forgive me?

“He can, if you put Jesus on as a parachute, as Ray Comfort says,

“Or as Jeremiah says, you don’t carry the burden of your sin on your shoulder

“During the Sabbath.

“Because it is a weight too burdensome for a man to carry,

“And we need Jesus to carry our sins for us, not us.”

Why?

“Because it makes you a better person when you’re forgiven

“Than when you are trying to pay back what is owed.

“When you’re forgiven, you do things out of the kindness of your heart.

“When you have to do good as a matter of paying back debt

“You are always doing what is good because you feel that it is your debt

“And you are not doing it from a desire to be good.

“You are being good to save yourself,

“And you are not being good because it is good.”

 

Well, I believe in evolution, so it disproves the Bible.

“Does evolution disprove the Bible?”

Yes, it’s impossible for the Bible to be true.

“Cannot you believe in evolution and the Bible, too?”

No.

“Is the world flat?”

No.

“How do you know this.”

Because of science.

“Yet, have you ever been to the moon to prove the earth is a sphere?”

No.

“So, how do you know that the Earth is actually a sphere.”

I don’t know.

“You’ve heard from people who’ve witnessed it first hand, haven’t you?”

Yes.

“Well, what about the billions more people who’ve witnessed God’s power, or at the very least have witnessed evil?”

I guess, but what does that have to do with anything?

“Well, if more people have witnessed good, and more people have witnessed evil, than have witnessed that the earth is round, why wouldn’t you believe them?”

I don’t know.

“Because it’s silly to believe that the Earth is flat. We’ve been to space to prove that the Earth is round. And more people have witnessed that there is good than have witnessed that the earth is round. So, why would you doubt the billions of people who’ve had experiences with good and evil?”

Well, they’re all crazy.

“Isn’t it more likely that you are crazy, if billions more people have witnessed these things? Wouldn’t you think that the small minority of people who claim to have never witnessed it, are indeed lying, or at the very least deluded? What’s the definition of a delusion?”

I don’t know.

“It’s a false belief. And do you know what evidence we have to believe?”

No.

“Witness testimony all around the world. If you go to Africa, they’re going to know that murder is wrong. If you go to Asia they’re going to know that rape is wrong. In some places, very few, they don’t know this, but the majority of people know God’s law. It’s written in their hearts. And if you’re going to discredit all of those witness testimonies based on a couple hundred Scientist’s opinions, what would you call that?”

Smart.

“No! I’d call it insane!”

How do you know that other people aren’t right, and you’re wrong?

“Because I have God’s law in the Bible, and it speaks into the very nature of sin, and repentance, and has the only way to get right, which is to trust in God. If there were another way to be saved, than all mankind would be doing what’s right just to be saved. That can’t be right, can it?”

No.

“Then, how do you think people ought to be saved?”

By doing what’s right because they want to, not because they have to.

“Now do you understand why you need Jesus?”

I think.

 

“Why do you think there is a hell?”

Because some people want to live in sin.

 

“Will you put your trust in the LORD Jesus Christ today?”

The Sheep Gate, in Hexameter

A man has found every moral there is, softly thinking strong forms

Of man’s greatest aspirations, lofty,—so found a god through them.

For, morals can be discovered by all, some like calculus solved

Ever so meticulously and long; others like addition

Were found by merely adding one plus one—that would be golden rules.

However, why is there only one name, which will save a man’s life?

 

Because one name, Jesus Christ, had found them, every moral we know

And had preached it to the whole of the earth, every moral we know.

Some say He borrowed from everyone else;—others that He was wrong.

Rightly, if He did borrow all morals;—how did He find them all?

He found war, and told all men not to fight; for He would fight for us.

He told men to obey authorities;—He told men when not to.

If there is not one name under heaven, then all our knowledge is

Scattered abroad in thousands of thinkers, whom we will never find.

This is why there is only one sheep’s gate;—yes, just one name that saves.

Because the smartest among us couldn’t, no they could not even

Figure the sum of half our moral truths;—thus, we must procure faith

In that humble LORD of the Sabbaoth—Jesus Christ is His name.