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Rev. Lucius Moffett
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TitleRev. Lucius Moffett
DescriptionNotes taken by Knox College Professor of Sociology, J. Howell Atwood. These notes are apparently from an interview Atwood conducted with Rev. Lucius Moffett about the Israel of God's Church in Galesburg, Illinois. Atwood conducted extensive research from 1930-1960 about the Galesburg African American community.
Named PersonMoffett, Rev. Lucius; Flowers, George;
CreatorAtwood, Jesse Howell;
Time Period1930s
IdentifierJ. Howell Atwood Manuscript Collection (box 3)
CollectionStruggle and Progress-African Americans in Knox County, Illinois (Knox College)
Date Digital2012-11-19
TranscriptRev. Lucius Moffett
618 W. Knox St.
Mt. Zion Israel of God's Church
White HOrse Army

"Apostle George was sent to the
whole world as saith the prophet
Isaiah. 'All ye inhabitants of
the world and dwellers on the
earth, see ye, when he lifteth up
an ensign on the mountains & when
he bloweth a trumphet, hear
ye.' Is. 18:3.
In the year 1887 on the 16th night of January
he was caught up to the 3rd heaven in a vision
and he got a claar view on the inside of the city
which is New Jerusalem. He saw angels ascending
and descending in the like manner that St. John
saw them. They had on their heads crowns of gold
and had long snowy white wings and
long white robes that fit from their shoulders
to their feet. They had harps in their hands
and were ascending and descending. making beauti-
ful music.. He COuld not understand the hymn,
because St. John said, "No man could learn that
song." Apostle George fell on his knees to see
if he could see the sky, but he failed to see the
sky because it was lined and covered with angels.
He said, "What a beautiful city with no buildings."
It was laid off in squares and paved with gold.
He looked in the east part and saw a throne set

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and he that sat on the throne was to look upon
as a jasper. He that sat on the throne shone
just above the brightness. Around about the throne
were four and twenty seats and upon the seats were
four and twenty elders clothed in white raiment.
They arose and fell on their faces with mutteringe
of voice like peals of thunder. He could not
understand what they said. Around the throne in the
midst of the four beasts he saw a young man
rise up and take a book out of the right hand of
him that sat upon the throne. Then the four
beasts cast down their crowns crying, "Holy, holy
holy." And the young man that had the book
came to the west gate and saked Apostle George
"Do you want to come in?" He answered, "I do"
But the young man said, "You cannot come in now,
for I have a work that I want you to do." And
immediately the gate was opened and the young
man walked outside.of the gate, and the four
beasts walked out behind him. They were in the
likeness of human beings. They laid the hands of
the presbyters on the Apostle's head. The beasts
pointed eastward, westwars, northward and south­
ward. Apostle George looked up and apparently
saw four crowns of gold. The young man opened
the pure golden Bible before his eyes and the
Apostle looked on letters of gold. The young
man hoist his right hand unto heaven with the
Bible opened in his left hand saying to the
Apostle, "Take this book. Mount ye the milk
white steed and go ye therefore into all the
city and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believes you will be saved and he that
believes you not will be damned. Every house
that you go to you will find the dead
lying in the door, but preach over the dead
to the living just on the other side of the
dead. Check not the rein, for the more you
preach the faster the horse will run."
When apostle George had this vision he
was affiliated with the Baptist church.
He notified the officials of that church that
he was called to preach and they made prepar­
ation for him to get a license to become a
BaptIst preacher. When everything was ready

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they sent four deacons to his house to notify
him. It was almost supper time and he ate in
haste because he knew he was called to preach.
After supper they left in haste for the church.
When they arrived at the corner of Wood and
Fulton Street in Chicago and while on the way
to the Providence Baptist church God Almighty
spoke to Apostle George in works with a sound
that could be heard: "My church is not narned
Baptist or Methodist or Presbyterian nor Con­
gregationalist, nor Catholic, nor anything
they have named." Then Apostle George said,
O Lord God, what is the name of thy church,
if it isn't named Baptist?" Apostle said it made
the hair stand on his head for astonishment.
He thought if any church in the world
was right it was the Baptist. God answered
him and said, "My church is the Israel of God
and that means every new creature in heart
and as many as walk according to this rule.
Read the Bible. See if you don't find it
there." Apostle Georee went back and put in
six more months reading and he found the
Israel of God from Genesis to Revelation.

"We give no divorces or entangle ourselves
in politics. We have no race prejudice.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism. We believe
in one united church, irrespective of color.
or nationality. To be right with God all
nations must join that church, as says the
prophet Isaiah, cbapter 2, verses 2 and 3."

N.B#. George W. Flowers was born Feb 12, 1854
in Fort Valley, Ga. Born a slave, he was
set free by the power of the Omniscient,
yet it has been said that Abraham Lincoln
set his people free. If history is true
Mr. Lincoln was working to preserve the
Physical Descriptionhandwritten and typed on 3 half sheets of scrap paper
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