August 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Roving Evangelist 
"What's Your Name" gains flock

(Hazelton, Pa. Associated Press.) --He appeared out of the blue back in October, clad only in a dirty white robe as he walked barefoot along the two-lane highway into this struggling former coal town.

Folks pointed at first as the man with the shoulder-length hair and scruffy beard preached to whoever would listen. Before long, though, many in this largely Roman Catholic community were embracing him as a holy man.

"He was in the car with me and a man came up and started banging on the window," said the Rev. Gerard F. Angelo, pastor of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "He said, 'thank you for what you're doing. I haven't been to church in 25 years and now I'm going again. His effect on people is amazing."

With hundreds of people gathering in fire halls, gymnasiums and open fields to listen to the stranger, his presence has some worried that the community has opened its hearts and homes too readily to someone they know little about.

But his supporters, fervent in their devotion, say they know all they need to know: They say the soft-spoken nomad is a messenger of God.

I Would Walk Through Fire For Him!

"I would walk through fire for him," said Connie Muir, a Roman Catholic who took him in to live with her family when it became too cold to sleep outside. "He's blessed by the Holy Spirit. People's hearts are really changed after they've heard him."

Though he has preached for up to six hours at a stretch, he is a man of few words when it comes to himself.

In interviews, he would not divulge his birthplace or background, saying it would detract from his message. The robe and messianic appearance, he says, bring attention to his ministry and make him more approachable.

When anyone asks his name, he replies, "What's Your Name?" He says it is part of a Hebrew tradition to not reveal one's name to a person until you become their friend, and it is what the locals call him now.

Police checked his background and found nothing of concern. He was arrested in Greenfield, Ohio, in August after he refused to stop preaching to a crowd that became unruly when police tried to break up the gathering.

He is identified in a police affidavit as Carl J. Joseph, 39.

The disorderly conduct charge was dismissed, and Hazelton police said they have yet to receive any complaints about Joseph.

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Let's see...dirty robe and barefoot, bearded, no name, gives him a "messianic" appearance? From what I read in my Bible, Jesus did not go around dirty and barefooted. He was perfect, and I'm sure He took regular baths. He also owned at least TWO houses, and perhaps more. He was NOT a poor, homeless person running around the country preaching to just any who would hear him.

(Looks like people still need a human being to look to. They just can't get it that God is there to talk to when someone needs Him. Of course, people run to these places to see statues bleed and cry too, don't they...Ahhhh well.... Editor)

(Editor -

You might want to check out our recent article entitled "Who Do You Trust?" mentioned on the home page.)

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