BIG SANDY, Texas--I,
your sister and companion in this end-time era of bickering and
backbiting, was in my backyard when I heard behind me a loud voice
calling to me and saying: "Write these things down and send
them to Dixon."
And, when I turned
to see who had sneaked up behind me, I saw, as it were, a vision.
And in that vision I saw seven brothers standing behind seven lecterns,
and in their right hand they held a scroll. In their left hand they
held the Word of God.
I was afrightened,
for I had seen these brothers before, and I knew their wrath and
had heard their voices. The first brother stood before me and in
his right hand he held a scroll, and the words from his scroll flowed
from his mouth like honey, words like unto "you are my brother,"
and 'servant leadership," having the form but lacking the substance
I begged for his
mercy, and he turned to the others and they consulted among themselves
and I was spared by a narrow margin.
The second brother
stepped forward and began to read from his scroll, speaking of beasts
and false prophets and all manner of strange things. He spoke of
prophecies to shortly come to pass and the meaning of such. And
he called himself the second end-time apostle.
The third brother
was like unto the second, only he breathed thunder and lightning
to whom it may concern, and he held fast to his lectern.
brother stepped forth. He opened his scroll and warned of the dangers
of Hillel and he led the "Later-Date Saints," and they
proved all things unto themselves.
There was one
called the "Teacher," and he challenged the Later-Date
saints, saying "there's not enough data" to arrive at
a firm conclusion on God's Sacred Calendar, but there are enough
data to conclude our Lord and Savior was born in the fall season.
Therefore, tonight we shall sing silently to celebrate His birth.
And there was
another brother like unto the first End-Time Apostle, but not that
Great One, and not the little one. His tongue was silver, and he
spoke of newborn souls and life and spirits of men.
Everywhere I looked,
more brothers were stepping forward and reading from their scrolls.
And there were those who called themselves lovers of freedom, and
they refused to step forward like the rest.
Among the brothers,
there were those called "Jews for Jesus," and they spoke
strange words, and there was much blowing of shofars and Davidic
the next brother came forth, and I knew there was none like unto
him. His eyes bulged and he cast down fiery words that made little
children and women cry. At second glance, his scroll wasn't a scroll,
but a rod, and he used it to beat upon the lectern, and he spoke
of spankings and God's government upon the earth.
and hid my face from his presence.
When at last I
lifted my head, I saw not seven but many men (and one woman), each
with a scroll in his (or her) right hand, and God's Word in his
(or her) left. They were gesticulating, and their faces burned red
with anger, and they no longer held God's Word in their hand. Instead,
it lay at their feet.
And there appeared
a great wonder, the woman, and she came forth, and she read from
her scroll, and she challenged the Later-Date Saints, refusing to
"follow a guru."
And the woman
made war with the Later-Date Saints.
Watch the back
Then I, your sister
and companion, looked and there appeared in the midst of the brothers
a strong hand from somewhere. It was a big hand, and it smacked
each of the brothers in the head, lovingly, of course.
The big hand then
reached down and picked up God's Word, placed it back in the brothers'
hands and said to each of them: "Smarten up. You're brothers,
for Pete's sake. Know you not the time is coming when it won't matter
what's in your scrolls?"
I said to the
Strong Hand: "I hear, but I don't understand. What is the meaning
of this?" He said: "Don't be an idiot. Isn't it obvious?"
And I testify, if anyone reads these words, and adds or detracts meaning from these words and takes offense by these words, may a strong hand from somewhere find you and lay his hand upon you, lovingly, of course.
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