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Title: The Holy Piby - The Black Man's Bible
Author: Rogers, Robert Athlyi
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M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke

                             The Holy Piby

                            (Copyright 1924)


                             Distributed by

                        THE SUB HOUSE OF ATHLYI
                8 Seventh Ave., Newark, N. J., U. S. A.

                          THE HOUSE OF ATHLYI
                253 Nyembane St., Kimberly, South Africa

                        THE GAATHLY ATHLIRECTORY
                43 Bond St., Kingston, Jamaica, B. W. I.


                       Published in the U. S. A.
                             January, 1924

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                                CONTENTS


                               FIRST BOOK
                                 ATHLYI

                              SECOND BOOK
                              AGGREGATION

                               THIRD BOOK
                        THE FACT OF THE APOSTLES

                              FOURTH BOOK
                               PRECAUTION



                                PREFACE


The Holy Piby, a book founded by the Holy Spirit to deliver the gospel
commanded by the Almighty God for the full salvation of Ethiopia’s
posterities.

In time the Piby shall contain all worthy prophecies and inspirations
endowed by God upon the sons and daughters of Ethiopia, but no article
shall be permitted to enter the Piby save that which is in accordance
with the gospel of the twentieth century, preached by his Holiness,
Shepherd Athlyi, apostle Marcus Garvey and colleague, the three apostles
anointed and sent forth by the Almighty God to lay the foundation of
industry, liberty and justice unto the generations of Ethiopia that they
prove themselves a power among the nations and in the glory of their
God.

The Piby is strictly holy, dedicated to the cause of saving souls for
God upon which the Afro Athlican Constructive Church is built, therefore
articles not agreeable shall not be entered upon or under the covers
thereof.


                  *       *       *       *       *

Help to build Athlican colleges, prepare your sons and daughters for a
high position in Athlican organization.



                                CONTENTS


                               CHAPTER I.
                                 ATHLYI

                              CHAPTER II.
                              AGGREGATION

                              CHAPTER III.
                       THE FACTS OF THE APOSTLES



                    THE FIRST BOOK OF ATHLYI CALLED
                                 ATHLYI



                               CHAPTER I.
                             THE CREATION.


1. From the beginning there was God and he spake and all things were
made that are made.

2. The sixth day God made man for his glory, and all things were given
unto him for his possession and for his use the woman hath God made of
man and for the glory of the man that she serve him and raise up seed
unto him.

3. And God rested the seventh day and hallowed it that men should do
also.

4. Now when the man saw the woman that was made of him and for his
glory, he loved her and married with her, consequently she bore children
unto him and they became the father and mother of all men.

5. And God called the man Adam and the woman Eve. They were of a mixed
complexion.

6. And it came to pass that God commanded the man to give names to all
things that are made.



                              CHAPTER II.
                           DEAD BECAME ALIVE.


1. And it came to pass that God entered the body of an unknown dead and
the dead became alive, then did he walk about the earth in person.

2. He dwelt among men and wrought many miracles so that the kingdom of
heaven might be verified.

3. He suffered persecution and privation as an example of what ministers
of the gospel must suffer to maintain the kingdom of God among men.

4. And it came to pass that God gave his name Elijah, and he called upon
the name of the Lord God even though he himself was God.

5. Now when the time had appeared for God to return, the supreme angel
commanded the chariot of heaven to meet him.

6. And when the chariot appeared unto Elijah, he ascended and returned
to his throne in heaven where he reigned from the beginning and shall
unto the end, king of kings, and God of gods.

7. Had the men in the days of Elijah’s visit on earth taken a right
record of his administration, long before this day the inhabitants of
this earth would have known him as God of all men.

8. For in Elijah do the heavenly host worship as God of the universe and
in him do I, Athlyi, believe as the only God.

9. He is the Lord of righteousness and of love, an industrious God,
jealous, brave, omnipotent, omnipresent, a king of sympathy and of
justice, giver of power and salvation, upon this God, and him only, his
Law and the Holy Ghost shall the Athlians build their church.

10. We shall endeavor to please and serve him, for he is our God. We
shall worship him with all our hearts and with all our souls, for unto
us there is none so good as the Lord, our God.

11. When the Lord God of Ethiopia is with us in the battle far that to
which we are entitled, show me the foe so powerful to set us down?
Verily I say unto you there is none.

12. But who can be so good as to please the conscience of the people
that they say ye are of God? Who will pay such a price? Will you? Then,
if so, lay down and let the public trod upon your head for a good name.

13. Verily I say unto you for this the Athlians are bad, but on the
scale of justice, let them not be found wanting. Then shall they please
the Lord God, maker of heaven and earth, and great shall be their reward
in the Kingdom of heaven.



                    THE SECOND BOOK OF ATHLYI CALLED
                              AGGREGATION



                               CHAPTER 1.
                            HEAVEN GRIEVED.


1. For as much as the children of Ethiopia, God’s favorite people of
old, have drifted away from his divine majesty, neglecting life
economic, believing they should on spiritual wings fly to the kingdom of
God, consequently became a convenient for the welfare of others.

2. Therefore the whole heaven was grieved and there was a great
lamentation in the Kingdom of God. Ethiopian mothers whose bodies have
been dead a thousand years, weeping for their suffering generations and
would not be comforted.

3. And behold two angels of the Lord resembling two saints of Ethiopia
appeared before Athlyi and he inquired of them what is the cry?

4. And they answered him saying, Ethiopian mothers who have been dead a
thousand years pleading before Elijah for the redemption of suffering
Ethiopia and her posterities who by the feet of the nations are trodden.


                         Convention in Heaven.

5. There is a great convention in heaven, saith the angels of the Lord,
unto you this day we are sent by the Lord to felicitate, for thou art
appointed shepherd to lead Ethiopia’s generations from the oppressive
feet of the nations, and there are appointed also prophets to prepare
the way before thee.

6. And it came to pass when Athlyi heard these sayings he feared with
great astonishment and turned his face from the angels of the Lord.

7. And there appeared unto him his divine highness Jesus Christ, Prince
of the Kingdom of God, and said quickly behold the messengers of my
Father.

8. At this saying Athlyi turned again to the angels of the Lord and
said, thy will be done, O God of Ethiopia, but how can I be shepherd to
lead millions of millions even from the end of the earth when as I am
but a twig before the eyes of men?


                           The Heavens Open.

9. And the angels of the Lord answered him saying, a twig that is made
by the Holy Spirit, an instrument to lead men is great in the sight of
God, over which the armies of the earth or the hosts of hell shall not
prevail.

10. And it came to pass that the angel who had the less to say lifted
her eyes to heaven and stretched forth her arms over the earth and
cried, blessed be thou Ethiopia, glory be the Father, thou Elijah,
Hosanna, Hosanna to Jehovah, praise ye Douglas the convention have
triumph.

11. There appeared a beautiful light on earth and when the light flashed
Athlyi looked toward the heaven, and behold the heaven was open and
there was a great host of saints robed in blue, millions of millions as
far as his eyes could see there was a mighty host.

12. When Athlyi sought the angels of the Lord they were not and he heard
a voice say Athlyi and another Athlyi, and he looked up and saw the two
angels ascending towards the celestial host.


                           Ethiopia Anointed.

13. And when the two messengers of the Lord were midways they cried out
unto the earth saying, blessed be thou Ethiopia for this day thou art
anointed, thou art blest with a blessing, be ye forever united and stand
up, let the world know your God.

14. And when the two angels of the Lord neared the multitude the whole
host roared with a thunder of joy that shook the earth like a mighty
earthquake.

15. And it came to pass that an angel robed in four colors came forward
to receive them and the whole celestial multitude stood and quietly
formed an aisle.

16. And when the two messengers appeared before the heavenly host they
bowed to the multitude and turned themselves around and bowed also to
the earth.

17. Then came forward the mighty angel robed in four colors and placed a
gold ring upon their heads, and came forward also two mothers of
Ethiopia, each with a star in their right hand, and pinned them on the
left breast of the two messengers of the Lord.

18. And it came to pass that heaven and earth shook three times and the
two angels marched up the aisle and joined with the multitude.


                          Rejoicing in Heaven.

19. There was great rejoicing in heaven and singing hosanna to Elijah;
praise ye Douglas; blessed be thou Ethiopia forever and forever; the
people at the end of the known world, and world unknown shall look for
the coming of thy children with food and with raiment.

20. And when the two angels had joined the multitude and the mighty
angel had finished his performance the said angel who was robed in
colors turned to the heavenly host and said:

21. Mothers of Ethiopia, the convention has triumphed, your sorrows have
brought joy to Ethiopia, your tears have anointed her soil with a
blessing, your cries have awakened her children throughout the earth,
yea in the corners of the unknown world are they aroused, and is
prophesying, saying prepare ye the way for a redeemer.


                           Shepherd Anointed.

22. For unto Ethiopia this day a Shepherd is anointed, yea, as a
shepherd gathers his sheep so shall he gather unto God, the generation
of Ethiopia even from the end of the earth and lead them high, a nation
among nations.

23. Then shall the inhabitants of the earth know that the Lord our God
has not forsaken Ethiopia, and that the mighty is weak against his
command, and unto no nation has he given power forever.

24. Verily I say unto you, woe be unto the persecutors of the shepherd
for he is anointed by the Lord our God, therefore one drop of his blood
or the least of his apostles whom he has anointed to administer the law
to the generations of Ethiopia, or the blood of a prophet within the
law, shall break to pieces the oppressors of Ethiopia.


                           The Mighty Angel.

25. When the mighty angel had finished speaking to the heavenly host he
then turned to the earth and said: Children of Ethiopia, stand, and
there flashed upon the earth a great multitude of Negroes knowing not
from whence they came; then shouted instantly the whole heavenly host,
behold, behold Ethiopia has triumphed.

26. And it came to pass that the mighty angel spoke to the multitude of
Negroes, saying, woe be unto those who say to the shepherd, thou fool,
or to the least of an apostle anointed to administer the law, for it is
not the desire of the shepherd but the will of the Lord who is God.


                      Dominion Over the Shepherd.

27. For as much as the Lord has dominion over the shepherd and the
shepherd over his apostles and the apostles over all the generations of
Ethiopia; then shall the Lord our God administer to the shepherd and the
shepherd to his apostles and the apostles to all the children of
Ethiopia.

28. Woe be unto an apostle who is anointed to administer the law and
neglect or deny it. Verily he shall be cast out and the hand of the Lord
shall come upon him with sorrow and disgrace.

29. Woe be unto those who saith I will not be united, neither will I
follow the shepherd, they shall be as sheep without a shepherd only to
be destroyed by the wolf of the field.

30. Woe be unto those who saith I hearken not to the voice of the
shepherd but go the way of the majority, for in the majority the spirit
of the Lord will not be found.

31. Woe be unto those who saith I will not worship in the house of the
Lord subsidiary to the house of Athlyi.


                             Purification.

32. For as much as the house of Athlyi is founded by the holy spirit to
purify the children of Ethiopia and to administer the holy law commanded
to them by the Lord God of all mercies, that they in the end shall be
ushered in the kingdom of his Divine Majesty by faith through
consecration in love, justice and by the pledging of life’s loyalty to a
prolific and defensive cause for the welfare of mankind. Let not the
least or the greatest of the children give a deaf ear to the saying of
the shepherd thereof, for through the mouth of the shepherd cometh the
word of the Lord to the adherents of the Holy Law.



                               CHAPTER 2.
                        PRESENTATION OF THE LAW.


1. And it came to pass that the mighty angel robed in four colors
descended from among the great heavenly host.

2. When the Athlyi saw the angel descending he feared with great fear
and hid behind the root of a tree.

3. But the angel of the Lord came up unto him and said, Athlyi, come
forth for the Lord has made thee shepherd of his anointed children of
Ethiopia.

4. And Athlyi answered saying, who are thou? I am Douglas, a messenger
from the Lord, replied the angel. I am sent to robe thee and to give in
thy hands and in thy care the Lord’s articles.

5. Verily no man shall take away that which the Lord giveth, for the
word of the Lord who is God, will not come unto any save he who is
appointed by the Father.


                             Athlyi Robed.

6. The angel of the Lord robed Athlyi in four colors and commanded him
to put forth his right hand and the messenger presented in his right
hand a staff and in his left hand the Holy Law saying, Go and administer
this law through thine apostles unto the children of Ethiopia and
command them to rise from the feet of their oppressors. Great is the
penalty if there be any failure on your part to deliver the law; the
hand of the Lord shall come upon thee with horror and thou shalt regret
the day ye was born.

7. The angel of the Lord hesitated, then said to Athlyi, swear before
the Lord God that thou wilt administer the law unto the children; then
Athlyi lifted his eyes to the heaven and said, the heaven and earth bear
witness to my saying I will.

8. Then the messenger of the Lord touched Athlyi on his left breast with
the first finger of his right hand saying, be thou brave, then
disappeared from the presence of the shepherd.



                               CHAPTER 3.
              GOD’S HOLY LAW TO THE CHILDREN OF ETHIOPIA.


Great and manifold are the blessings bestowed upon us the oppressed
children of Ethiopia, by His Divine Majesty, Lord God Almighty, King of
all mercies, when by his most holy command his divine highness, Christ,
Prince of the heavenly kingdom, descended and anointed us that we may be
prepared to receive these noble men, servants of God and redeemers of
Ethiopia’s posterities, his honor, Marcus Garvey and colleague, his
holiness the shepherd Athlyi, supreme minister of God’s holy law to the
children of Ethiopia, may we show gratitude to our God by being
submissive to his teachings through these his humble servants, and
submitting ourselves in obedience to his holy law that we a suffering
people may reap the fruit thereof.

When as it was the intention of others to keep us forever in darkness,
by our faithfulness to the law we shall in time prove to the nations
that God has not forsaken Ethiopia.



                       THE HOLY LAW—COMMANDMENTS.


                                   I.

1. Love ye one another O children of Ethiopia, for by no other way can
ye love the Lord your God.


                                  II.

2. Be thou industrious, thrifty and fruitful, O offsprings of Ethiopia,
for by no other way can ye show gratitude to the Lord your God, for the
many blessings he has bestowed upon earth free to all mankind.


                                  III.

3. Be ye concretize and ever united, for by the power of unity ye shall
demand respect of the nations.


                                  IV.

4. Work ye willingly with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all
thy strength to relieve suffering and oppressed humanity, for by no
other way can ye render integral service to the Lord your God.


                                   V.

5. Be thou clean and pleasant, O generation of Ethiopia, for thou art
anointed, moreover the angels of the Lord dwelleth with thee.


                                  VI.

6. Be thou punctual, honest and truthful that ye gain favor in the sight
of the Lord your God, and that your pathway be prosperous.


                                  VII.

7. Let no people take away that which the Lord thy God giveth thee, for
the Lord shall inquire of it and if ye shall say some one hath taken it,
ye shall in no wise escape punishment, for he that dieth in retreat of
his enemy the Lord shall not hold him guiltless, but a people who dieth
in pursuit of their enemy for the protection of that which the Lord God
giveth them, shall receive a reward in the kingdom of their Father.


                                 VIII.

8. Thou shalt first bind up the wound of thy brother and correct the
mistakes in thine own household before ye can see the sore on the body
of your friend, or the error in the household of thy neighbor.


                                  IX.

9. O generation of Ethiopia, shed not the blood of thine own for the
welfare of others for such is the pathway to destruction and contempt.


                                   X.

10. Be ye not contented in the vineyard or household of others, for ye
know not the day or the hour when denial shall appear, prepare ye rather
for yourselves a foundation, for by no other way can man manifest love
for the offsprings of the womb.


                                  XI.

11. Athlyi, Athlyi, thou shepherd of the holy law and of the children of
Ethiopia, establish ye upon the law a holy temple for the Lord according
to thy name and there shall all the children of Ethiopia worship the
Lord their God, and there shall the apostles of the shepherd administer
the law and receive pledges thereto and concretize within the law.
Verily he that is concretized within the law shall be a follower and a
defender thereof, moreover the generations born of him that is
concretize within the law are also of the law.


                                  XII.

12. O generation of Ethiopia, thou shalt have no other God but the
Creator of heaven and earth and the things thereof. Sing ye praises and
shout hosanna to the Lord your God, while for a foundation ye sacrifice
on earth for his divine majesty the Lord our Lord in six days created
the heaven and earth and rested the seventh; ye also shall hallow the
seventh day, for it is blessed by the Lord, therefore on this day thou
shall do no manner of work or any within thy gates.


                    The Shepherd’s Prayer by Athlyi.

1. O God of Ethiopia, thy divine majesty; thy spirit come in our hearts
to dwell in the path of righteousness lead us, help us to forgive that
we may be forgiven, teach us love and loyalty on earth as to heaven,
endow us with wisdom and understanding to do thy will, thy blessing to
use that the hungry be fed, the naked clothed, the sick nourished, the
aged protected and the infant cared for. Deliver us from the hands of
our enemies that we prove fruitful, then in the last day when life is
o’er, our bodies in the clay, or in the depths of the sea, or in the
belly of a beast, O give our souls a place in thy kingdom forever and
forever. Amen.



                               CHAPTER 4.
                           THE LAW PREACHED.


1. Now in the year of 1917 A. D., Shepherd Athlyi first went about the
city of Newark, New Jersey, U. S. A., telling of the law and preaching
concretation saying, I come not only to baptize but to concretize for
the rescue of suffering humanity, for verily I say unto you, first seek
ye righteousness toward men and all things will be added unto you, even
the kingdom of God.

2. There came to him many to be concretized and he concretized them with
water, men and women. And the names of his stars were: Rev. J. H.
Harris, Sister R. J. Hamilton, Brother J. Reid, Rev. and Mrs. J. Barber,
Brother C. C. Harris, Sister Leila Best, Sister Thurston, Brother H.
Pope, Rev. and Mrs. Flanagan, Brother Charles McLaurin, Sister Letica
Johnson, Brother and Sister Adam Costly, Brother and Sister W. D.
Sullivan, Sister Sarah Johnson, Brother G. W. Roberts, Rev. J. J.
Derricks, Rev. A. J. Green, Rev. W. Barclift, Sister Bertha Johnson, Her
Holiness the Shepherdess Miriam, Her Holiness Shepherdmiss Muriel,
Brother F. L. Redd. These are those who followed the shepherd from place
to place.

3. And it came to pass that his holiness, the shepherd, traveled to
Springfield, Mass., U. S. A., there he concretized with water, and the
names of his stars who followed him around were: Sister Sylvie Randall,
Brother and Sister Eugene Kitchen, Brother and Sister Joseph Rutherford,
Rev. R. G. Gaines, Brother J. When, Sister Ellen Fragier, Sister
Minnieolo Walker, Sister M. A. Bryant, Irene Chambers, E. Dempsey. From
there he traveled all around South America and the West Indies,
preaching of the law and concretation by water for the sake of suffering
humanity.

4. Moreover in the year of 1919 Athlyi, after he was anointed shepherd,
paraded the streets of Newark with a host of Negroes, protected by
riding officers of the city and accompanied by a Salvation Army carrying
banners, proclaiming a universal holiday for Negroes and foretelling of
their industrial and national independence.



                               CHAPTER 5.
                         ATHLICANITY PREACHED.


1. For as much as the doctrine preached by Athlyi gained favor in the
hearts of the people, and that it was efficient for the salvation of
Ethiopia’s generations:

On the thirteenth day of the seventh month, in the nineteen hundred and
eighteenth year the followers of Athlyi assembled at the Israel Memorial
A. M. E. Church, West Kinney Street, Newark, New Jersey, U. S. A. They
declared themselves Athlyians by name and in faith:

2. And they consolidated themselves within the faith.

3. They sang songs of praises and offered thanksgiving to the Lord God
of Ethiopia.

4. And it came to pass that a committee was appointed from among them to
confirm the Shepherd, and the names of those appointed and consolidated
were Sister Rachel Hamilton, Rev. James Barber, Sister Gilby Rose, Bro.
C. E. Harris and Bro. James Reed.

5. The committee decorated the Shepherd in four colors and committed in
his right hand a staff so as to confirm the authority conferred upon him
by the heavenly officials.

6a. Now when the Shepherd was adorned and anointed by prayer, the
Athlyians shouted with great joy and cried Lead on, Shepherd of the
Athlyians.

7b. And it came to pass after the performance, the Shepherd stood up,
and he was in four colors which were blue, black, red and green, and he
explained the meaning of the colors and of the staff.

8. Saying Ethiopia’s generations shall respect the heaven while for a
foundation they sacrifice on earth; moreover a king sits on the throne
of his organized government, but a shepherd must seek his sheep and
prepare a pasture for them that they be fed.

9. Then the Shepherd commanded his followers to stand, and he taught
them saying great is his divine majesty, the Lord God of all mankind,
Father of Ethiopia; who is greater than the Lord God? Even from the
beginning of the world hath he prepared for his children unto the end.

10. The sun, the moon, the stars, the wind, the rain, the land and the
sea hath he given free to mankind; who is so philanthropic, so
magnificent, who can give such a gift? There is none so great as the
Lord our God.

11. Let all the generations of Ethiopia hear the voice of Athlyi, for in
his hands the law is given unto them.

12. Let not the devil persuade you that you turn your back against the
Lord God of Ethiopia.

13. Woe be unto you should the heavenly father because of your
ingratitudes turn against thee, revengely the hands of thy enemies shall
come upon thee with horror.

14. Let the Athlyians walk in the path of righteousness and all
impediments shall be their foot stool and the Spirit of the Lord shall
dwell with them for ever and ever.

15. Blessed are the industrious hearts for they are those who use the
blessing and the power of God for the good of mankind. Great shall be
their reward in the kingdom of heaven.

16. Blessed are those who seek the Lord and by actual work prove to the
nations that they have found him; for the power of God shall be as two
kings feeling in darkness for an electric switch and he that found it
immediately there was light throughout his palace and all the people
rejoiced because of its splendor, but in the palace of him that found it
not, there was no light, therefore his people wandered and became the
servants of others.

17. Blessed are a people who seek their own, beautify and maintain it,
for in their barns there shall be plenty; great shall they be among men.
The Lord shall glory in them and their daughters shall be the wives of
mighty men.

18. Woe be unto a people, a race who seek not their own foundation;
their wives shall be servants for the wives of other men, and their
daughters shall be wives of poor men and of vagabonds, and there shall
be tears because of privation, then in the end hell everlasting for
there shall be no reward in the kingdom of heaven for slothful nor the
unconcerned.

19. Woe be unto a race of people who forsake their own and adhere to the
doctrine of another. They shall be slaves to the people thereof.

20. Verily I say unto you O children of Ethiopia, boast not of the
progress of other races, believing that thou are a part of the project
for at any time thou shall be cast over the bridge of death both body
and soul.

21. Forget not the assembling of thyselves and unitedly working for the
upbuilding of Ethiopia and her generations.

22. Then shall the nations of the earth respect thee and thy commodities
shall be for their gold and their commodities for thy gold, but there
shall be none to fool thee neither shall ye be their slaves.

23. For thy emblem shall rank among their emblems; thy ships among their
ships and thy men of war among their men of war; great shall be thy name
among the nations.

24. The Lord God, Father of Ethiopia, shall glory in thee, with thee
shall all the angels rejoice, great is thy reward in the kingdom of
heaven.

25. Thy daughters shall work with clean hands and in soft clothing, thy
sons shall enjoy the fruit of their colleges.



                               CHAPTER 6.


1. The following meeting after the Shepherd was confirmed, there came to
him men and women to be concretized, and he concretized them with water.

2. And the Shepherd taught the form Solemnityfeast, which the Christians
call sacrament, and he taught the form of baptism also concretation and
the period of concord according to the Athlican faith.

3. Let the people be baptized with water by submersion for the remission
of their iniquities in the name of one God, his Holy Law and the Holy
Ghost.

4. Let the people be concretized also with water that they be binded
into one united band from one generation to another and let them pledge
their lives loyally to the cause of actual work for the upbuilding of
Ethiopia and for the rescue of suffering humanity; suffer them to wash
their hands against the slothful and fruitless life of the past.

5. Then shall the parson give to them a hand of fellowship, bringing
them forward into a new and ever productive life.

6. Let the people assemble once a month on their knees before the Altar
at Solemnityfeast, then shall the parson and ordained cleffs administer
to them bread and water, saying, eat in remembrance of your pledge to
God, yielding yourselves into actual work for the welfare of your
generation through the upbuilding of Ethiopia and for the rescue of
suffering humanity.

7. Drink in remembrance of your baptism when thy sins hath been washed
away, bid far the devil and his iniquities; arise and go in the name of
one God, his Law and the Holy Ghost.

8. For as much as angel Douglas binded the heaven and earth for the
rescue of Ethiopia and her posterities, suffer the children of Ethiopia
to assemble for three days’ celebration, beginning from the setting of
the sun on the twenty-ninth day of the seventh month unto the setting of
the sun of the first day of the eighth month of the year, which shall be
known throughout the world as the period of concord in accordance with
the celestial and terrestial concord led by the mighty angel Douglas.

9. Hear, oh generations of Ethiopia, for I, Athlyi, speak not as a mere
man but with authority from the kingdom of God.

10. Verily, I say unto you, the first and second days of the concord
thou shall not eat the flesh of any animals, nor large fishes, neither
shall ye drink of their blood or of their milk; thy victuals shall be of
fowl and tiny fishes; devote thyself in communing with the Lord God of
Ethiopia.

11. Be aware of improper conduct, for the angels of heaven are
participating in the concord.

12. On the third day, which is the last day of concord, let there be a
great feast and joviality among the people.

13. Let the atmosphere be teemed with balloons of colors carried in the
hands of the people; let also the possessions of all Ethiopia’s
generations be adorned with the colors.

14. During the concord the house of Athlyi shall order the release of
the people from all Athlican factories, or other enterprises so that
they can commune with the Lord their God.

15. In time of concord let the Athlican ships fly the colors of the
Great Negro Civilization wheresoever they are; pray that the captains
thereof are of the Athlican faith so as to celebrate concord in its
fulness.

16. Hear ye, O’ generations of Ethiopia, for I, Athlyi, speak unto you,
for as the Lord God of Ethiopia liveth, this is a serious affair which
must not be forsaken.

17. The Holy finger print of the Almighty God signed the issue in the
name of his Majesty, his Law, and for the sake of suffering humanity.

18. And it came to pass that one of the new comers into the Athlican
faith who sat in the midst of the audience spake, saying, may I ask his
holiness, what is the principal belief of the Athlians.

19. Straightway the Shepherd answered saying, the fundamental belief of
the Athlican faith is justice to all, but hear ye, also, the Athlian’s
creed:


                          THE ATHLIAN’S CREED.

20. We believe in one God, maker of all things, Father of Ethiopia and
then in his Holy Law as it is written in the book Piby, the sincerity of
Angel Douglas and the power of the Holy Ghost. We believe in one
Shepherd Athlyi as an anointed apostle of the Lord our God, then in the
Afro Athlican Constructive Church unto the most Holy House of Athlyi. We
believe in the freedom of Ethiopia and the maintenance of an efficient
government recorded upon the catalog of nations in honor of her
posterities and the glory of her God, the establishment of true love and
the administration of justice to all men, the celebration of concord,
the virtue of the Solemnityfeast and in the form of baptism and
concretation as taught by our Shepherd Athlyi.

We believe in the utilization of the power and blessings of God for the
good of mankind, the creation of industries, the maintenance of colleges
and the unity of force, then in the end when earth toil is over we shall
be rewarded a place of rest in the kingdom of heaven, there to sing with
the saints of Ethiopia, singing Hallelujah, hosanna to the Lord our God
for ever and ever—Amen.

21. Then the Athlians shouted hosanna to the Lord God, surely the Lord
has sent us not only a Shepherd but a saviour.

22. Straightway the Shepherd Athlyi spake saying upon those words the
Afro Athlican Constructive Church stands firm over which the hosts of
hell nor the armies of the earth shall not prevail.

23. And the Shepherd being full with the Holy Spirit recited from his
heart saying:

24. Father, thou God of all, closer to thee even though afar we stray;
thou hast called us back, now all in one we come, children of Africa:
Closer, oh God, to thee; closer to thee.

25. And he began to tell his followers about the wonderful works of God;
how he hath sent apostles of the twentieth century, to save Ethiopia and
her generations from the oppressive feet of the nations that they prove
themselves fruitful for the good of their children and the glory of
their God.

26. Know ye that I am not the only one sent by the Lord our God to
rescue the children of Ethiopia, for before me there were two others
sent forth to prepare the minds of the people for the great things that
shall come to pass.

27. I saw an angel resembling a mighty Negro, and upon his head were
horns of a great structure and on his breast was a map of life.

28. I heard a great voice uttered from the end of the world saying,
behold the map of the new Negroes, by this shall ye know the apostle of
the twentieth century whom the Almighty God hath commanded to save
Ethiopia and her posterities.

29. At the sound of the mighty voice the structure descended from the
head of the angel and stood upon the ground and the map surrounded it,
then was the writing plain to be understood.

30. And the Shepherd showed the people a copy of the map, and said
behold the map as I have seen it, straightway at midnight I reproduce
the mystery.

31. Then the Athlians shouted for joy and the Shepherd spake with a loud
voice saying thou sun that shines upon the waters of the utmost world,
that gives light to the earth, stand thou still over mountains of Africa
and give light to her righteous armies.

32. Where are those; there is none to compare with the Athlians in
united spirits and a determination; a people lovers of freedom and of
justice, fearless of death.



                               CHAPTER 7.


1. Now in the year of nineteen hundred and nineteen on the thirtieth day
of the seventh month, when the Athlians were celebrating concord in the
city of Newark, New Jersey, U. S. A., and on the third day of the period
a paper was read by the Rev. Bonfield telling of Marcus Garvey in New
York City.

2. And the Shepherd hesitated, then spake, saying:

3. I almost believe this is one of the apostles of the twentieth
century, but where is the other? for I look for two, however by the map
of life I shall know him.

4. Raise not the weight of your finger on Marcus Garvey, neither speak
ye against him.

5. In the year of 1921 Garvey spake, saying: I have no time to teach
religion.

6. Because of this saying Athlyi took up his pen and was about to
declare him not an apostle of the twentieth century.

7. And it came to pass that the word of the Lord came to Athlyi saying,
blame not this man, for I the Lord God, hath sent him to prepare the
minds of Ethiopia’s generations, verily he shall straighten up upon the
map.

8. Nevertheless, in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-two Apostle
Garvey issued a religious call throughout the world which fulfilled the
last item upon the map of life.

9. Therefore, Athlyi yielded him a copy of the map, and declared Marcus
Garvey an apostle of the Lord God for the redemption of Ethiopia and her
suffering posterities.

10. And the word of the Lord came to Athlyi saying, I am the Lord God of
Ethiopia, three apostles of the twentieth century have I sent forth unto
Ethiopia’s generations to administer the Law and the Gospel which I have
commanded for their salvation, let not the hands of men ordain them.

11. For I, the Lord, hath anointed mine apostles that they may ordain
and give authority to ordain.



                               CHAPTER 8.
                          ATHLYI SENT ABROAD.


1. And it came to pass that the word of the Lord came to Athlyi saying
get thee into foreign countries and provide stars of the Law and of the
gospel of the twentieth century.

2. Go the way of the Atlantic and return by way of the Pacific, and
Athlyi obeyed the Lord.

3. And when he was in the Strait of Magellan, the Lord spake to him
saying:

4. My holy house of Athlyi let her be of two wings, the Church to the
right and a green pasture to the left.

5. Let the Church teach and the green pasture to provide for the people;
let the house of Athlyi be the director thereof, and I, the Lord, shall
dwell in the house of Athlyi and give light to her wings, then shall the
inhabitants of the earth know that I am the Lord God of Ethiopia.

6. Let there be but one church or denomination upon the law and the
gospel commanded for the salvation of Ethiopia’s generations.

7. In entering the inner door of the Church let the people bow with
reverence to the holy dictuary.

8. Suffer no one to preach upon or in the dictuary save a teacher of the
law and a believer in the gospel commanded to the children of Ethiopia.

9. Let the people take interest in the apostles, but he that boost not
the green pasture to provide for the people is not worthy of
compensation.

10. Let the people give to the green pasture for their own good and for
the welfare of their generations.

11. Oh, Athlians, love ye one another, forget not the assembling of
yourselves together that no corruption gather between thee, for thou art
the light and guide unto salvation; let all the children of Ethiopia
follow thee.

12. May the Lord God of Ethiopia watch between us whil’st we are absent
one from another. May he endow us with unity of spirit and anxious
hearts to again assemble for the rise of falling humanity through the
guidance of the house of Athlyi and in the name of one God, his Law and
the Holy Ghost for ever and ever—Amen.



                               CHAPTER 9.
                         THE WORD OF THE LORD.


1. And it came to pass in the year of nineteen hundred and twenty-four
and the twelfth day of the ninth month, the word of the Lord, God of
Ethiopia came to Athlyi saying,

2. “I am God, the creator, father of Ham, Canaan, Nimrod and Ethiopia.”

3. “Why calleth thou my holy temple, Church?” sayeth the Lord unto
Athlyi.

4. “Will thou also destroy the righteousness, of my holy name?”

5. “Will thou even so teach that I am a God who confers honor upon the
envious in mind; the lying, inhuman, murdering, plunderous, oppressive
and adulturous characters in my name?”

6. And the Lord continued to say, “Athlyi! Oh Athlyi! I say unto you
again. Why calleth my holy temple, ‘Church’? Will thou also teach that I
have commanded to destroy the offsprings of Ham in Canaan?”

7. Athlyi answered saying, “Father, behold the House of Athlyi.”

8. “This I have created,” saith the Lord, “Verily I shall dwell in the
High place at the House of Athlyi and shall give light to the Shepherd
and the Shepherd to his Apostles and his Apostles to all people who
shall constitute the auxiliaries of my most holy House of Athlyi.”

9. “But why calleth thou these auxiliaries, ‘Church’?” he continued.

10. Athlyi hesitated and the Lord our God, who stood in the midst of a
brilliant light, like unto a circle pointed to Athlyi and said,

11. “I have commanded thee but thou art carried away by those who
polluted the righteousness of my name.”

12. At this saying Athlyi advanced towards the Lord with open arms and
cried out, “O God of Ethiopia, I pray, redeem me, wash me clean and
separate me from all gospels that pollute the righteousness of thy name
that those in me unto thee may be clean and free from all things
abominable in thy sight.”

13. “Thou art the supreme sage; pray! Give me to nurse at thy breast the
milk of wisdom that I may know and understand thee.”

14. And it came to pass that the Lord, our God of Ethiopia spoke saying,
“Reach out and touch me.”

15. Athlyi reached out and with the first finger of his right hand
touched the personality in the light, straightway his heart became in
motion and the eyes of Athlyi lit up like a torch. Evidently he had
increased in wisdom, a man matchless in spirit.

16. And the Lord, God of Ethiopia, spoke unto Athlyi saying, “Thou art a
star in my crown. Go ye through the lands that men may dwell in thee and
see clear the impediments in the paths of their lives.”

17. Now when the Lord has commanded Athlyi to carry the light unto
others he departed and the light of his eyes lit up the near and distant
darkness, and the word of his mouth brought freedom to the enslaved.



                              CHAPTER 10.
                        REJOICING IN THE LIGHT.


1. And it came to pass on the following day the Lord called Athlyi; and
when Athlyi appeared before the Lord, the light of his eyes connected
with the light that surrounded the divine personality.

2. And there appeared a light matchless in its beauty. Straightway the
whole celestial host shouted and there appeared millions of Angels
dancing in the light singing, “Behold! Behold Ethiopia! The bride of the
master. Her day has come at last! The Lord has received her hand. Her
night has forever passed.”

3. The Lord stretched forth his hands over the earth and there appeared
millions of black men, women and children, who joined with the angels in
dancing, singing and rejoicing in the light.

4. Again did the Lord stretch forth his hands over Ethiopia and Canaan
and the offsprings of Ham became mighty and the lands became prosperous
in animals, fruits and grains. Great cities sprang up among them and the
women as well as men mastered ships upon the waters.

5. And Athlyi looked and beheld great industries sprung up among the
children of Ethiopia and he saw men kissing the women and praising them
because of their mighty task in the struggle. He beheld women worshiping
men because they had made them great.

6. And the Lord, our God, spoke unto the children, his voice echoed from
Ethiopia to Canaan saying,

7. “Blessed are the mighty in righteousness for they shall be
respected.”

8. “Blessed are the wealthy in love for I am rich and whosoever
believeth in Athlyi and in the gospel which I have commended through him
seeketh after these things which are in me.”

9. “And I the Lord shall fill him to the brim and make his a power over
which no hell shall prevail.”

10. “But he that is contented in poverty and weakness shall be weaker
and poorer; a foot stool of the nations; for he represents the devil, in
him there is no God.

11. “The fool impoverishes himself to find me. Verily I say unto you, he
shall not find me,” saith the Lord, “for I am rich.”

“But whosoever believeth in Athlyi seeketh my principle, therefore I
shall reach out my hand and help him to be as I am.”



                              CHAPTER 11.
                          RETURNED TO NEWARK.


1. And it came to pass that the word of the Lord, God of Ethiopia, came
to Athlyi saying,

2. “Arise in the morning, break not your fast, neither say ye a word to
anyone. And thou shall return to Newark and I will go with thee and thou
shall see me.”

3. “When thou shall have come to Newark prepare there a house,
substitary to the House of Athlyi, where the children of Ethiopia shall
assemble before me in united worship. I shall reach out my hands and
bless them with increased blessings and they shall go forth as Athlians
with light and power, modeling all men according to my righteous
principles,” saith the Lord.

4. The Lord spake saying, “I will march with the Athlians, I will pilot
them, and stear them. I will recharge them and I, through their
Shepherd, shall command them. Verily, there shall be no halting until
they have conquered the Devil, banished his Hell and reconstructed the
earth upon my righteous and clean principles.”

6. “Then shall there be no prejudices, no illmosity among men, but
peace, tranquility and good will upon the earth, recognizing the divine
fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man and the rights of each and
every one to enjoy equally the blessings of the father.”

7. And the Lord, God of Ethiopia, charged Athlyi saying, “Call not my
holy house ‘Church,’ neither shall thou permit unjust literature which
teaches that God has commanded Israel to oppress, rob and destroy the
offsprings of Ham in Canaan to rest upon my altar, for I have no part in
such Deuteronomies. They are an abomination in my sight, and a disgrace
upon the earth.”

8. And the Lord continued, “I shall bring to an end the oppressors of
Ham. I shall tear down the walls which I have permitted to hold Ethiopia
in bondage, that she may know the devil and his unrighteousness.

9. “Never-the-less, the children of Ethiopia, even unto this day,
walketh upright before me, save those whom I the Lord, God have suffered
to be spoiled by the enemies, that they might know the evil against the
posterities of Ham.

10. “Now I shall send forth an army of Athlians who shall redeem my
children and deliver them again to my arms.

11. “I shall nourish them. Their chest shall be as unbreakable steel.
Their legs as giant reenforced concrete. Hearts of understanding and
heads matchlessly wise. They shall be my masons, builders of a righteous
kingdom and the source of salvation for all,” saith the Lord.

12. “For I am God, the creator of all. All things I hold in my hands and
giveth freely unto him that walketh in me.

13. “Whosoever seeth an Athlian, seeth me, for I am in him and he is of
me. Whosoever followeth an Athlian followeth me also,” saith the Lord.

14. And when the Lord had spoke these things Athlyi turned and asked,
“Father, what shall I call Thy holy house?”

15. And the Lord spoke to Athlyi saying, “Go and do as I have commanded
you. The mouth of a child shall reveal the name, moreover, I shall write
it upon the wall and you shall see it.”



                              CHAPTER 12.
                           THE GUIDING LIGHT.


1. Now when Athlyi started for Newark, there appeared a spotlight on the
sleeve of his coat.

2. When Athlyi saw the light he tried to cover it with his hat but the
light could not be covered.

3. Then he looked up and yelled joyfully, “It’s the light of the Lord.
Surely it cannot be covered. The light of the Lord our God I shall
follow this day. Indeed I will not stray.”

4. Athlyi journeyed to Newark and the light with him.

5. But when he turned contrary to the will of God, the light would not
follow but stood on another street.

6. Now when Athlyi saw the light would not go he turned and went the way
the light pointed him.

7. And it came to pass when Athlyi reached the city of Newark he
prepared a house for the Lord our God and when he was making ready for
the first sermon, a little girl opened the door and stared plumply into
his face and uttered “Gaathly”. “Is your name Gaathly?” the Shepherd
asked.

8. The child then raised her voice and again said “Gaathly,” and went
out.

9. Straightway a light flashed and Athlyi looked around. He beheld over
the altar a hand, writing on the wall the name Gaathly.

10. When Athlyi saw the hand on the wall he became very fearful but
embroiled with joy.

11. He then rushed into the inner chamber and proclaimed before his wife
Miriam and his daughter Muriel, the name of Gaathly saying, “Behold, a
hand wrote it and the child revealed it as the Lord had promised.”

13. From that day unto this the holy house founded upon the Gospel of
God through Athlyi is known as the Gaathly.



                              CHAPTER 13.
                             ATHLYI BLEEDS.


1. And it came to pass on the third Saturday night of the seventh month
of the year nineteen hundred and twenty-seven, the word of the Lord came
to Athlyi saying, “Tomorrow, thou shalt with thine own blood set apart
the Athlians from the rest of the world’s inhabitants, that I may glory
in them and nourish them.

2. “I shall send my angels and they shall dwell among the Athlians and
teach them new things. Verily, the women as well as the men shall
develop great in science.

3. “Fear not, because of the inventions of today,” saith the Lord, “for
greater shall come out of my people, the Athlians. They shall school
Ethiopia. Consequently the sons and daughters of Ham shall be a burning
light unto all the earth.”

4. On the next day which was Sunday, while the Shepherd Athlyi preached
before the people who came out to Gaathly, the spirit of the Lord came
upon him and he then bit the top of his fingers, so that the blood
spouted.

5. Then with his blood he marked a line between the Athlians and the
rest of the earth’s inhabitants as the Lord had commanded him.

6. Then came forth the Shepherdmiss Muriel, daughter of Athlyi, who fell
upon her knees saying, “Let thy blood fall upon me that I bear it
through the ages.” The Shepherd let his blood fall upon her.

7. Then came forward also Sister Mary Howard, stear of the nourishers
and saints. She bound up the Shepherd’s wound.

9. “I am a witness of this blood,” the Stear uttered, but the Shepherd
answered saying, “All Athlians are witnesses of this blood, and I shall
be their Shepherd forever. Even in the spirit I shall be with them and I
shall be quick to answer those who called upon me in sincerity; but
those who seeketh me empty in heart shall not find me.

10. “Happy shall be the aged who sacrifice the days of His youth within
this blood. His tree shall grow mighty in the green pasture. He shall
not want, but flourish.

11. “But verily I say unto you, only through concretation can anyone
come beyond this blood and become an Athlian.

12. “For unto the Athlians, there is but one God, one Law, and one
Shepherd.

13. “I am the lover of Justice, the light and guide unto perfect
salvation,” saith Athlyi.

14. “Whosoever believeth in me shall in life enjoy salvation and inherit
eternal happiness in the kingdom of God who sent me.

15. “But he that believeth not in me shall be a victim of slavery and
oppression at the hands of Europe all the days of his unbelief.

16. “For he that receiveth me not, his heart despiseth the gift of God,
the father, who sent me.

17. “For thus saith the Lord our God, ‘I shall not send Japeth to Ham,
neither will I send to Sham, Japeth. But in time of peril I shall
appoint from among them a saviour whose word shall reign forever.’

18. “‘They that refuseth their own in me, shall find no other. But
slavery and oppression shall overcome them. They shall live in disgrace
and die in dishonor!

19. “‘For I am the almighty powerhouse,’ said the Lord, ‘the spring of
salvation, but a people without a king has no connection with me.’

20. “Fear not, O ye Athlians, for I, Athlyi, am your Shepherd. I am not
of the flesh but of the spirit of God, the Father, who sent me to gather
the children of Ethiopia that they be saved from peril. In the bosom of
the Lord I shall forever hold my grip, therefor thou shalt be an
everlasting light and power upon the earth.”



                              CHAPTER 14.
                            HEAVEN AND HELL.


1. And it came to pass that the spirit moved in Athlyi and he became
full with the holy ghost.

2. And he cried out saying, “Hear me, O children of Ethiopia. There is
not a heaven nor a hell but that which ye make of yourselves and for
yourselves.

3. “In heaven there are few while in hell there are many. But those who
are in heaven are the champions of time who have conquered over sin and
slothfulness.

4. “The fool slights the things in life and seeketh heaven after death.
Verily, Verily I say unto you, he shall not find it. But the spirit of
him that establishes a heaven on earth shall dwell in heaven
everlasting.

5. “Unto him that is empty in love, faith, righteousness and industry
there is no heaven.

6. “Heaven is a splendor. A source of peace and happiness, where the
spirit of God is visable in its appearance.

7. “He that passeth from this heaven is exalted into heaven eternal.
Beyond strife and death, where pain and sorrows are unknown.

8. “Hell is a dark and shabby place; a den of thieves, murderers,
gamblers, drunkards, liars, blasphemers, hypocrites, underminers,
voodoers, fortune tellers, begrudgers, raggedmen, yellers, backsliders,
lazymen, deceivers, loafers, jormandizers, leppydoes, hoers, hoerlets,
poverty, lice and diseases.

9. “Consequently the victims of the devil eat the fruit of the tree they
have sown and therefore live in disgrace among men.

10. “Woe be unto the spirit of him that passeth from this hell. He shall
be lowered into eternal hell where peace and happiness are unknown.

11. “He that is of the devil shall be segregated from the children of
God; but he that is of God weareth the badge of the master, and the
doors of heaven shall be opened unto him.

12. “Lo, I heard a cry in hell,” saith Athlyi, “calling upon me in God.

13. “And I looked and beheld a man striving to conquer hell and escape
from his horrible condition.”

14. And Athlyi spoke unto his saying, “Who art thou?”

15. “‘I am Amos who persecuted thee and lied about you. Now I would
rather be a sweeper in the Gaathly than to be a prince in the palace of
kings who believeth not in thee.’

16. And Athlyi spoke unto him saying, “Thou doeth thyself this harm for
there is no hell for him who believeth in me.”

17. And Amos reached out crying, “Forgive me, O Athlyi! and redeem me
from this misery. For I believe that thou art a man of God with power to
save.”

18. Then Athlyi reached down and lifted him up saying, “Arise, and stand
above the devil and his hell. Thy faith in me shall bear thee up, but he
that is weak in faith shall fall through his faith.

19. “For I am not of myself but of God, the father, who is in me. He
that gives himself up to me wholeheartedly, I shall nurse him at my
breast and he shall be strong.

20. “There shall be no devil to conquer him, neither shall there be any
hell to hold him; for they, that are of me, shall help him that is in
me. They that helpeth not their brother in me are not of me; likewise he
who is not in harmony with the law of this gospel is not of me.

21. “He that cometh unto me halfway, I shall not receive him,” saith
Athlyi, “for he is weak in himself in me and shall therefore fall in
himself.

22. “He that withholds from me, that which he is able to give, shall
lose it without compensation; but he that soweth in me wholeheartedly
shall reap a reward ten fold. For I am of good soil and God, the father
in me, shall water that which is sown in me.

23. “In the lives of those that are in me,” saith Athlyi, “there is but
one God, one Shepherd, and one Gaathly. The Holy Law is of God and is
God with those in me.

24. “They that are of me shall help those that are in me. They shall
march together to defend their dignity and create projects to supply
their necessities in life.

25. “At the sound of the bugle of war all Athlians shall gather around
their rulers. Then, at the Shepherd’s command go forward to defend their
rights.

26. “Knowing that our reward is Heaven everlasting if our enemy we shall
conquer, it is therefore the sole spirit of the Athlians to die in honor
rather than to live as dependable dogs in disgrace, subject to the
dictation of others who are not in me.”

27. Then Athlyi called his Cledgers around him and placed his hands upon
the right shoulder of each saying, “Blessed are the creators in me. They
shall set with me in heaven eternal and return with me to inspect the
earth and crown the worthy.

28. “He that is not clean, industrious and thrifty is not in me, for I
am a lover of cleanness, lord of industry and a builder of commerce,
that men may be happy in me.

29. “For he that liveth a productive life in me seeketh, and shall
obtain heaven terrestrial and heaven eternal.

30. “Go ye out upon the earth, beneath the earth, upon the waters,
beneath the waters and upon the trees. Gather in the blessings of God
and develop them in me that ye prove yourselves worthy of compensation.
For weakness and poverty is of the devil but richness and power is of
God.

31. “But where there is no love, righteousness, and faith in your
transactions the glory of heaven shall vanish and the misery of hell
shall occupy the soul.”



                              CHAPTER 14.
                              THE BEGGAR.


1. And it came to pass that on the twenty-eighth day of the eighth month
of nineteen hundred and twenty-seven (according to the English years but
the fourteenth year according to the Athlican years) a young man
twenty-two years of age came into the Gaathly begging for money.

2. The Shepherd looked upon the young man and said, “Thou art in the
bloom of youth and power, but because thou art not of me, ye must beg.

3. “Go ye however through the highways and into corners, even so behind
closed doors and gather men unto me, that they be lifted up from hell
unto salvation.

4. “Then shall ye not be a beggar of me, but a sower and a reaper in me.

5. “For as many as believe and walk in me shall be saved. I shall
relieve them of their miseries. I shall banish their sorrows. I shall
defend them. I shall be a light in their darkness. I shall raise them up
when all hopes are dead.

6. “I shall harden my heart against backsliders. The hypocrite, the
liar, and the thief, I despise.

7. “Be aware of gospels that are not of God through Ethiopia. For it
shall rob and destroy as many as accept it.

8. “Verily I say unto you, he that is not of me is not for your
salvation. For I am he, whom the Lord, God of Ethiopia, had promised
thee from creation, that ye may stretch forth thy hands direct unto the
father through me and be saved.

9. “Before me there was none unto Ethiopia, but with me there is another
and you, in me, in him are one with God; and the offspring of my vein
and the offspring of his vein are cousins.

10. “Take heed! O ye children of Ethiopia. For I, Athlyi zigy sobcok
tee. Whosoever cometh after me and is not of me is not for your
salvation, but seeketh to destroy your civilization in God through me.

11. “Prophets shall rise and wise men shall spring out of you, but they
that build not upon this foundation in me, in righteousness are
deceivers of you.

12. “They shall come up to you with unjust gospels, which seeketh to
destroy the offsprings of our father, Ham, doctrines which were before
me.

13. “But it shall be as a man pleading with an electrician to go back to
the tallow candle age, but the electrician shall laugh him to scorn.

14. “For I am greater than all gospels that were before my coming. I am
richer. I am higher. Test me and be ye convinced that I, in the bosom of
the God of Justice, have laid a foundation sufficient to hold all the
builders that cometh after me in righteousness.

15. “I shall banish the devil. I shall clear up his hell and it shall
bloom like a garden of brimigen. Then shall the rivers of peace flow out
and the children of all the earth shall sit around the table of
salvation in the House of God enjoying in life the splendor of true love
and justice in me. For I am not myself, but God in me unto you.

16. “But verily I say unto you, I shall cut my heaven from him that
knoweth and doeth not according to this gospel.

17. “The wise will prepare for battle even though there may not be any
fight.

18. “The fool will quarrel but he that quarrels with a fool is a damn
fool.

19. “Hear me, O thou Athlians! Be ye wise and live. I go to prepare a
place for you beyond this heaven.

20. “Whosoever walketh in my blood within the principles of this gospel
shall dwell with me in heaven everlasting, but he that walketh another
way shall not find me.

21. “‘I will blow my trumpet throughout the Kingdom of Athlyi in
Africa’, saith the Lord our God, ‘and my people the Athlians shall blow
it unto the world.

22. “‘Then shall the inhabitants of the earth respect me, for I am a God
of salvation, a conqueror of evil’.”

23. And it came to pass that Athlyi issued an order saying, “A real
minister of Athlicanity must bear a diploma from the Athlican School of
Athlicology and the graduation process shall embody ordination.

25. “God be with you my beloved. Let there be unity in spirit while ye
are absent one from another. Wheresoever it is one Athlian there is the
Shepherd in him, and whatsoever heareth an Athlian heareth also the
Shepherd, and whatsoever an Athlian seeth, seeth the Shepherd also, for
the Athlians are an amalgamation instituted by God which no man can
separate.”



                     THE THIRD BOOK OF ATHLYI NAMED
                       THE FACTS OF THE APOSTLES



                               CHAPTER 1.
                           APOSTLES ANOINTED.


1. Just at the time when the nations of the earth through their ill
education and oppression, believed that they had ruined the children of
Ethiopia for ever, and that they would be satisfied with the crumbs of
life.

2. Behold the great God Almighty hath commanded his angels to anoint
them that they be a new and prolific people upon the earth.

3. Then did the Lord God with his own hands ordain three apostles and
sent them forth to save Ethiopia’s generation from doom.

4. Now when Marcus Garvey, God’s foremost apostle, heard the voice of
his colleague, apostle Robert Lincoln Poston, preaching in the City of
Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, he knew that this was his
colleague for the Lord God hath revealed, notwithstanding the three
apostles had met in the spirit before they came to administer the law
and gospel for the full salvation of Ethiopia’s posterities.

5. And it came to pass that apostle Garvey journeyed to Detroit and
there met his colleague and they greeted each other with great joy, and
the heart of one was the heart of the other.

6. Now when the amalgamation of their apostleship was verified, apostle
Poston came to New York City, United States of America, and then teamed
with apostle Garvey in the work for the redemption of Ethiopia and her
trodden posterities, whom through the oppression of the nations and the
ignorance of the Negro ministers of Christian faith, were hanging over
the bridge of death, both body and soul.



                               CHAPTER 2.
                       GOD SPOKE TO HIS APOSTLE.


1. Now in the year nineteen hundred and twenty-three, the word of the
Lord God of Ethiopia came to apostle Marcus Garvey saying, where is thy
colleague?

2. And he answered, Father, behold he is with me.

3. Call together the children of Ethiopia, saith the Lord, that they may
know my request, and send forth a mission unto the land of Ethiopia
which I hath given to her children from the beginning of the world, that
they prepare a foundation for all the posterities of Ethiopia, even unto
the end.

4. For I, the Lord God, shall come to judge between the three races of
men; woe be unto the empty handed, the slothful and the coward. I shall
bring judgment upon them with fire and with brimstone, even the baby at
the mother’s breast shall not escape, saith the Lord. Prepare ye a bill
of arrangement, saith the Lord, and give it in the hands of thy
colleague that he go to the land of Ethiopia (Africa) and to the nations
at the entrance of the land and request them to open the door for the
return of thy children.

5. And I, the Lord, shall go with him, and I will touch the hearts of
the nations and they shall yield to the request.

6. Then shall the children of Ethiopia return to their own land and
there establish a light with which no nation shall compare, nor will
there be any power sufficient to douse it.

7. For I am the Lord God of Ethiopia and I shall dwell with mine
anointed and they shall be my people as long as they follow the
teachings of my apostles.

8. Moreover, behold at thy side is the noble woman Henrietta in whom the
whole heaven adore because of her greatness of faith and the loyal way
in which she fights to save Ethiopia and her generations from
everlasting downfall. Place her at the side of thy colleague, for great
is her wisdom, saith the Lord, and send ye also another that they go and
prepare a home for mine anointed.

9. And it came to pass that apostle Garvey obeyed the Lord, and he
called the children of Ethiopia and there gathered a great host in the
City of New York.

10. And when the apostle put before them the Lord’s request they leapt
for joy and confirmed the will of the Lord God of Ethiopia.

11. Then were a delegation of three sent forth according to the words of
the Lord.



                               CHAPTER 3.
                        STANDING BEFORE ELIJAH.


1. And it came to pass that on the night of the fifteenth day of the
third month of the nineteen hundred and twenty-fourth year, Athlyi spake
aloud, saying:

2. Behold I saw the heaven draped in black, and I saw Angel Douglas
sitting in a mourning robe, moreover the celestial saints of Ethiopia
were in deep sorrow.

3. And it came to pass that I continued to look, and behold I saw a
natural man standing before Angel Douglas, and after a brief
conversation, the mighty Angel conveyed him to the throne of Elijah, God
of heaven and earth.

4. Then upon the head of the natural man did Elijah place a crown and on
the front part of the crown there was a brilliant star whose light
extended from heaven to the earth.

5. Now when the crown was bestowed upon him, behold the mourning apparel
disappeared and there was joy in heaven.

6. And it came to pass that I saw a great host of Negroes marching upon
the earth and there was a light upon them, then I looked towards the
heaven and behold I saw the natural man standing in the east and the
star of his crown gave light to the pathway of the children of Ethiopia.



                               CHAPTER 4.
                           APOSTLES EXALTED.


1. The following morning after Athlyi’s vision, Athlyi looked towards
the rising sun and cried out saying, my God, my God, what shall happen
to the apostles of the Twentieth Century? Father if it’s me, even I that
shall pass from the presence of men grant that the Piby live forever
that the children of Ethiopia, through the teaching of the Afro Athlican
Constructive Church, may obtain salvation forever.

2. And it came to pass that the Lord spake to Athlyi, saying:

3. In the flesh did he go to prepare a foundation for the generations of
Ethiopia, but in the spirit will he return to lead them there upon.

4. For I, the Lord God, hath exalted him in the spirit, Prince over the
children of Ethiopia; he shall see with all-seeing eyes; in vain shall
the nations of the world lay traps before mine anointed, for the Prince
of the children shall lead them.

5. Woe be unto the proud, the hard hearted, unto those who shall say I
have my treasures here and I will not leave them, neither will I follow
the host led by the apostles of the Twentieth Century.

6. I shall bring vengeance upon them, saith the Lord, they be better
boiled in oil, for I shall have no mercy upon them.



                    THE FOURTH BOOK OF ATHLYI CALLED
                               PRECAUTION



                               CHAPTER 1


1. Now in the fifteenth year of Athlyi’s reign over the Athlians, the
spirit of the Lord came upon him.

2. Being filled with the Holy Ghost he prophescied saying, “To the sun,
in the sun, with the sun and the fuel of today shall a used to be.

3. “How beautiful the ships. How powerful, but the fuel of today shall a
used to be. How speedy the airships the world around, around and around
with no need for refuel.

4. “Hot shall be the houses. The pots a-boiling and bright the lights;
but where are the wires? They used to be.

5. “The power of today is electric, but tomorrow shall be siprick.

6. “Satter, the mighty comet shall pass with the end of her tail two
miles from the earth and the roaring of her passing, killing.

7. “I heard a cry saying, ‘Where is thy scenery as a star, O Satter.
Behold thou art lands over lands. Pass quickly for we perish beneath
thee.’

8. “New lands when Satter comes back. A buggy from Tokio to Los Angeles.
A bicycle from London to Anguilla.

9. “The Atlantic and Pacific shall prepare to receive their wilderness
and it shall be seen them adorning as a bride to receive her groom.

10. “New animals, new furs, a strange people and the winter of today
shall a used to be.

11. “The ice in the north and the ice in the south shall disappear. Then
shall continents which are submerged arise and the whole earth shall
bloom.

12. “O Sun, thou outlet of the inter-planetical fumes, shine on. For
with thee, of thee, by thee, he shall sit in his parlor in Athlyi,
Africa, and see his daughter flirting in Chicago, U. S. A. He shall
rebuke her with his mouth and she shall hear him, then reply with the
wave of her hand and he shall see her.

13. “In his parlor he shall see a rooster treading in the moon and the
bees on the roses in Venus.

14. “The laborers in Mars, strike-breakers on earth and my daughter in
college in Jupiter.

15. “How hard it is when ye know not how, but he that is in me shall
know the mysteries of mysteries which are hidden from him in these days.

16. “But I shall feed him with my own hands so that he takes one bite at
a time and one swallow at a time else he be choked.

17. “My boys shall remind you of the things I have forgotten, for I have
seen so far, but those that cometh after me, of me, with me and upon our
God shall see farther even than I.

18. “Verily, Verily, I am the seed,” saith Athlyi, “but the Lord, God of
Ethiopia, is the sower, and ye are trees of me that shall bring forth
fruit a million fold.

19. “But he that beareth not is he that has not me in his heart and
shall therefore receive no reward of me.

20. “I have not reached the height but they that are of me shall extend
me. I have, however, dug deep and laid the foundation of eternal
salvation. I have made thick the walls. I have sunk deeper the center
pillars and lined them with steel. The reinforcements I have made of
steel for I am conscious of the height that shall be attained on me. A
development beyond words.

21. “I am black. Made in the image and likeness of the God of our
fathers and is of the Lord, our God unto thee.

22. “He that establishes himself in me is with God and dwelleth upon an
efficient foundation, but he that buildeth not on me establishes himself
on nothing of consequence for the children of Ham.

23. “La Alpha Elijah cr toco coruse, ninky mose zezom la jobijem.”



                               CHAPTER 2.
                          HELD OUT HIS MORSEL.


1. And it came to pass that Athlyi sat in the sanctuary of the House of
Athlyi with his left hand under his chin and the morsel in his right
hand, apparently he was present in person but in the spirit he was not.

2. His mind went afar and entered the characteristic of the human tie.

3. Suddenly he stretched forth his morsel and uttered saying, “Sons of
Athlyi, arise! Lift your heads and take heed. Let the sublimity of my
words reign in your hearts and in the hearts of your offsprings forever.

4. “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, poverty is of the devil but it is
better that ye choose to be poor than to live in the richness of the
richest with a woman whose heart is contrary to thine.

5. “The deeds of a contrary couple are destructive and their destiny is
Hell everlasting.

6. “I plead a divorce, my beloved, because I leadeth thee south but thou
goeth north. I point east but thy desire is west. Depart therefore that
ye find a man who seeth and goeth in thy own direction that it be well
with thee; for a tug-o-war in the mind is horror to the soul. Moreover
the treasury of the richest is not sufficient to supply the consumption
of the contrary spirit.

7. “For a man no height is too high to achieve in me. No obstacle is too
great for him to remove when conscious that his woman is with him
indeed.

“Blessed is the household where the couple can map out the future with
patience, peace and understanding, but a quarrelsome woman is a road to
hell. Let so be said even of the man.”

8. And Athlyi reached out his morsel again and said, “Hear ye, O
daughters of Athlyi! Verily I say unto you, the hopes and salvation of a
woman is in the man, whose trust is in the Lord, our God, in me.

9. “But he that is not in me is far from God and has nothing of
consequence for a brag.

10. “For I am this rock, the spring and power grounded in God. Dwell in
me, with love and righteousness in faith, patience, cleanness and
constructiveness. My spirit in thee shall never die.

11. “Verily I say unto all nations, the Athlians are not too proud to
sacrifice whatever is necessary to obtain justice and to establish peace
on earth, for where righteousness is lacking there is no tranquility.

12. “Our motto is Peace. Our standard is Right. Our hopes are
Salvation.”



                               CHAPTER 3.


1. The spirit of the Lord moved within Athlyi. Being full with the Holy
Ghost the Shepherd spake saying:

2. “Thou giveth the fat of thy life to the devil. Now that thou art
drained and can no longer stand, ye cometh to God with your bones. ‘But
I shall not accept them,’ saith the Lord, ‘for I am God who giveth thee
to eat and to drink. I am he who supplies the necessities of life. Shall
my reward be that ye dump your garbage on me?’

3. “‘Unto him whom thou giveth the fat of thy life dump also thy bones,
that ye bear in fullness the consequence of your wickedness for the body
of the wicked shall be cast into the grave and his soul in hell eternal.
For the spirit of the body that abideth in earthly hell shall be a
prisoner in hell everlasting’.”

4. And the word of the Lord came to Athlyi saying, ‘He that giveth unto
me the fat of his life by his usefulness for the welfare of the living,
when I the Lord shall transform him from this earth, I shall exalt him
into heaven everlasting where he shall live forever with me in peace and
splendor.

5. ‘Whosoever I forgive shall rise to serve me, but whosoever I have not
forgiven shall not rise.

6. ‘He that passeth away in me shall dwell with my saints in glory,’
saith the Lord. ‘But the spirit of the body of him that passeth away in
the devil shall not enter my fold, but shall dwell in everlasting
torment.’

7. And Athlyi spake saying, “Life without pleasure within capacity is
displeasing to God, but in your amusements dance ye mild else ye offend
the Master.

8. “The clean should not accept the invitations of the unclean to gossip
with them for the Lord abideth in the clean in spirit.”



                               CHAPTER 4.
                             SHALL SUFFER.


1. And it came to pass that Athlyi spake saying, “I shall be dragged
about, mocked, scorned, and persecuted because of this gospel, which the
Lord, God of Ethiopia, has commanded unto you through me. Many of you
who follow me this day will desert your Shepherd because of fear. But
blessed are the brave and faithful. They shall be rulers over rulers.

2. “Thine enemy shall shed your blood because of this Holy Piby, but the
blood of thy veins shall richen the soil for the gospel. I am Messiah
unto Ethiopia, therefore my word shall reign forever and ever.

3. “I shall be cast into prison for your sake, but my spirit shall go
out of jail and fight for Ethiopia.

4. “Nations shall perish because of my persecution, for I am not a mere
man but a Messiah upon the earth. Whosoever persecuteth me, committeth a
crime against the holy ghost, in which there is no forgiveness,
therefore the consequence is hell eternal.

5. “The Athlians, God’s selected people, who are of never dying faith
and perseverence shall increase in power. Their women shall breed like
rabbits and the Green Pasture shall aid in their protection. Verily the
Athlians shall be numberless upon the earth and the Spirit of the Lord
shall guide them.”

6. And Athlyi spake saying, “It shall come to pass that the devil will
make hollow ground in the pathway of the Athlians, but they shall march
upon him with the Holy Piby and he shall step back and fall into his own
ditch.

7. “Verily I say unto you, if a hay stack can stop a blazing fire then
shall the workers of the devil impede the advancing Athlians whose
development has no boundary, but the mocker shall perish.

8. “Thou despiseth me when I was weak, now that I am strong, ye come?

“Verily, verily, neither my milk nor my cream shall be for thee, but
shall be for those who supported me in my tender age.

9. “Yea, it shall be said of Athlyi, ‘In spite of all obstacles, he
climbed with the burdens of Ham, and when he reached the top, the Heaven
and the earth shouted, Behold! He has conquered, and an angel of the
Lord descended and crowned him.’

10. La jobijem dilt ze larky inty met. Zeth Athlyi.

11. And Athlyi spake saying, “Forgive twice but in the third offense
thou shalt not forgive.”



                         QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


  Questions and answers concerning the works of God among the children
  of Ethiopia and the principles of Athlianity:

Q1. What is the house of Athlyi?

A. A house created by the Almighty God through his apostle Athlyi, giver
of the gospel and the law commanded by the Lord for the salvation of
Ethiopia’s posterities.

Q2. What is the right wing to the house of Athlyi?

A. The Afro Athlican Constructive Church.

Q3. What is the left wing to the house of Athlyi?

A. The Athlican green pasture.

Q4. Can there be any other Church or denomination save the Afro Athlican
Constructive Church upon the Law or the Gospel commanded by God to save
the generations of Ethiopia?

A. No.

Q5. What is Athlicanity?

A. The Law and the Gospel administered by Athlyi.

Q6. Why can no other church be established upon this gospel?

A. Because the Athlicanity is sent by the Lord our God not to teach
confusion and hatred but to set up a real religious and material
brotherhood among the children of Ethiopia.

Q7. What is the Holy Piby?

A. A Holy book of God written unto the generations of Ethiopia.

Q8. Do the Athlians believe in Jesus Christ?

A. As a true servant sent by God to seek and to save the lost house of
Israel.

Q9. Who did Athlyi, Marcus Garvey and colleagues come to save?

A. The down-trodden children of Ethiopia that they may raise to be a
great power among the nations and in the glory of their God.

Q10. What is the Dictuary?

A. The most holy place in the Afro Athlican Constructive Church or in
the house of Athlyi, where the Shepherd or his apostles occupies to
administer the gospel.

Q11. What is God’s holy law to the children of Ethiopia?

A. A written document handed to Athlyi by an angel of the Lord whose
name was Douglas.

Q12. What is the difference between God’s holy law to the children of
Israel and God’s holy law to the children of Ethiopia?

A. There is much difference, the holy law to the Israelites was given to
Moses, but God’s holy law given to the children of Ethiopia was handed
to Athlyi by a messenger of the Lord our God, notwithstanding in the law
given to the Israelites there are ten commandments, but in the law given
to the children of Ethiopia there are twelve.

Q13. What Church is already established on God’s holy law given to the
children of Ethiopia?

A. The Afro Athlican Constructive Church.

Q14. By what other name shall this church be known?

A. The House of Athlyi.



                   THE SHEPHERD’S COMMAND BY ATHLYI.


1st. Let all literature for the instruction of Athlian’s children be of
a constructive nature, looking toward Ethiopia.

2nd. Let the eye of a star be the eye of the Shepherd and the ear of a
star be the ear of the Shepherd, for they are his stars.

3rd. Fight for that which is yours and ye shall obtain it, for there is
nothing hard against the power of God.



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(If ye understandeth not the Athlican words ask an Athlian minister.)

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