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We investigate the full story of the notorious Prophet Matthias, exposing the entire tale from youth into manhood, then from a man into claimed American Prophet. Interestingly his connections with Sojourner-Truth and the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith are remarkable, shocking, and unforgettable. Informatively it’s time to reveal all sides of this tale, exposing desperation, delusion, and death as the pure in heart struggle to find freedom and love!
Inside the mixing pot of New York City, the notorious American Prophet Matthias simmered just under the surface, under the radar, mostly on his own, waiting and looking for his opportunity. Exploiting all the possibilities, Matthias was no ordinary New York City citizen, as he would stand out amongst the crowd at all venues. No matter whether he was in the slums of the Five Points or attending some high society event, the outcome was the same; people noticed him, and on most occasions, were amazed by what they saw and heard him say!
So why is Prophet Matthias such a memorable character? Firstly, Matthias did not dress as a poor man would dress; he would not wear his working clothes as a carpenter or his day clothes like a man. Secondly, Matthias was unique in his appearance. He never from this point onwards would conform to the typical attire of the day. He would wear clothes that were so colorful and expensive, requiring garments specially created for him, by his tailor or artisan of choice: for example, he would have.
A large key around his neck.
Not satisfied with a standard door key, Prophet Matthias had a golden crafted key, with inscriptions and patterns engraved. The key, according to Matthias, was the emblem of his power. With this gold key and the power he held, Matthias believed he could open the gates of the New Jerusalem. Additionally, Matthias also thought that he could shut the gates, which, if closed by him, no man would open. In his delusion, the golden key represents his emblem of power as he stalks the streets of New York, preaching of his future role within the city of the New Jerusalem!
A Graduated Rod.
The rod was about six feet high, graduated from the bottom to the top. Inscribed into the rod, we find the markings of mysterious numbers that, according to Matthias, are required to lay down the dimensions for the New Jerusalem, as contained in the Holy Scriptures. Amazingly he believed in his power to mark the length and breadth of the city himself!
A Two-Edged Sword.
As a symbol of authority, Matthias kept his double-edged sword clean. According to the self-proclaimed Prophet Matthias, his sword gave him supreme power over the heavens and earth. Inscribed on this sword are astronomical signs of the sun, moon, and stars.
Matthias liked to wear linen nightcaps, richly embroidered with the names of the twelve apostles and Jesus Matthias.
Costly robes and fabric.
Prophet Matthias’ wardrobe was eye-catching as he would have only the most beautiful silk and delicate lace fabrics with leather belts and hats. Most of his garments exhibited elaborate embroidery in gold or silver. His clothes were fabulous; they required a lining of either velvet or silk of the most exceptional quality. With his pantaloons tucked into his boots, his attire from head to toe needed one more item, a gold embellished leather cocked hat. On some occasions, he would wear twelve silk tassels around his waist, representing Israel’s twelve tribes. He enjoyed wearing linen shirts and silk stockings; even his handkerchiefs were silk. Additionally, he would also put on gloves and owned a costly gold watch: which resulted in him adorned from head to toe in a colorful display of wealth, power, and authority. Matthias loved having many fashionable outfits to choose from, and with others funding his lifestyle, he was able to have what he liked, whenever he wanted it. (Ref: 26 & 31)
THESE FACTS ARE POINT NUMBER 6.
Matthias certainly believed in dressing to impress! For a detailed description of Matthias’ attire when he visited with Joseph Smith, please refer to Smiths’ description as contained within this work. Dressed in his eye-catching attire and self-professed divine authority, Matthias would frequent the streets, shops, businesses, and churches of New York City. As he moved around the city, dressed in his spectacular clothing, Matthias repeatedly had the opportunity to spread his doctrines and talk with the curious New York society members.
Will you, for a moment, put yourself in the position of any person in New York City. You can be either a poor working immigrant or a wealthy, prominent business person within a busy shop on the high street of New York. While you are shopping, Matthias walks in with his rod in one hand and sword around his mid-waist.
With flowing hair and a long bushy beard, he walks up to you and starts talking; he tells you that he is a Prophet on a divine mission, and his name is Prophet Matthias. Amazingly you are assured that his mission is to build up the New Jerusalem and that he has the power to open the gates and let you enter; if you but follow him and do his bidding. What would you say and do? Would you challenge him by asking him questions, or would you say nothing, turn and walk away?
At this stage, it may be appropriate to mention a form of repentance that Matthias used if he considered his actions to be questioned by his disciples or persons that he may have offended. Reaching for his two-edged sword, Matthias would, quote. ‘Hand his sword to the injured party to cut off his hand or arm, or to wound him as would satisfy the party, but as no one was disposed to do this, their only course of action would be to forgive.’ (Ref: C181.) One cannot help but wonder what Charles would have done if Matthias offered him the same sword and opportunity!
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Robert Matthews (1788-c 1841) was a carpenter, businessman, and claimed American Prophet in and around New York during the 1830s.
His aliases included Robert Matthias, Jesus Matthias, Matthias the Prophet, and Joshua, the Jewish Minister. On numerous occasions, Robert Matthews named himself, quote. ‘The spirit of truth, and a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.’
In 1795 both of his parents died, leaving him along with his four brothers and five sisters to the care of kin and neighbors.
In 1802, at the age of fourteen, Robert’s surrogate parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Maxwell, wanted to send him into the world as an apprentice cordwainer. In 1804 at the age of 16, he apprenticed himself to Mr. Edward Cooke, a neighbor and carpenter by trade. Once asked why he became a carpenter, Robert responded by saying, and I quote, ‘It was the only calling that been adopted by a supreme being.’
Enjoying his Anti-Burgher Presbyterian lifestyle, in the village of Cambridge, Washington County, New York, Matthews learned how to manipulate at a tender age!
While working as a carpenter, and with the passing of his uncle Robert Thompson, Robert Matthews obtained property and then went into business as a storekeeper in his birth village of Cambridge.
Love Work & Business Life.
Robert Matthews and Margaret Wright became acquainted in the village of Cambridge. In 1805 after a separation of two years, Robert and Margaret resumed their courtship, after which he obtained consent to the union of marriage from her parents, who were also in the mercantile business. Robert and Margaret Wright were married in 1813 by the Rev Hamilton, the pastor of a Church in Nassau Street. After the union, Margaret, and Robert, returned to set up home in Cambridge
In 1814, Robert and Margaret decided to build a large extension onto their small country mercantile store. During 1815 ‘the building expansion was disastrous, the funding dried up, and the business failed. Finding themselves destitute and with his dreams of business shattered: Robert and his family travel to Manhattan, New York City. At 38 years of age, he is working as a carpenter for Mr. Burrough’s of Canal Street. Among his workmates, Robert Matthew’s disposition of being quiet one moment: then without warning flying into a rage of anger, pushing his opinions on religion, onto his co-workers resulted in his new nickname of, quote. ‘Jumping Jesus.
Prophet Matthias in Albany.
In June 1830, Robert was working as a carpenter while attempting to preach around the city of Albany. At home, he informed his long-suffering wife that ‘The spirit was showing him wonderful things, and that there was a destroying angel soon to come and sweep off all the inhabitants of this country.’ The details of the pending destruction of Albany were, according to Robert, to be connected with a flood, which would spread, quote. ‘From the north and the west, and that it would run rapidly through Washington and State Streets, sweeping all before it, but that we (his family) should escape.
Tuesday 15th June, after attending church in the afternoon, then having a significant disagreement with his wife Margaret, Robert Matthews, and his sons James and John leave the family home. For days, Robert and his sons wandered in the woods’ wilderness in the northeast portion of Albany. Eventually, the Mayor of the city, Mr. John Townsend, interceded due to real concerns for the children’s safety. There are two versions of the ensuing events. In the first general release, we have Robert and the children walking in the woods living in a wooden hut and eating roots and berries. We can safely call this the urban legend version. In other reports, we have a different story, with Robert and his children walking the 40-mile trail from Albany to Argyle from Tuesday 15th June to Sunday 20th June 1830. Approximately five months after abandoning his wife, Matthias returns to Albany then sets off wandering and preaching through western New York.
Prophet Matthias in New York.
In 1832, Matthias was 55 years of age, living in New York City near the Five Points.
Interestingly Matthews succeeded in convincing three wealthy merchants named Sylvester Mills, Benjamin Folger, and Elijah Pierson to support his vision of Zion and the New Jerusalem.
Unfortunately, Sylvester H Mills was sent to the Bloomingdale Asylum, quite out of his mind. In contrast, Prophet Matthias is ‘sent to the lunatic hospital, at Bellevue’ judged to be both an ‘imposter and a vagabond,’ as reported in the Nantucket Inquirer.
Surprisingly Benjamin Folger gave his wife Ann Folger to Prophet Matthias in exchange for the young inexperienced Isabella (Mathews) Laisdell, who was the daughter of Matthews (Prophet Matthias.)
Incredibly Elijah Pierson and Benjamin Folger supported their Prophet Matthias with money and the deeds to two houses. Sadly Elijah eventually lost his life under unusual circumstances after eating blackberries!
Prophet Matthias and his disciples eventually endured adultery, fornication, bankruptcy, and false accusations of food poisoning, leading to murder. Eventually, Matthews was arrested in Albany, then imprisoned in New York City. After a court case was found not guilty because Mr. Benjamin Folger dropped all the charges against Robert Matthews. (a.k.a. Prophet Matthias)
Sojourner-Truth was named and character assassinated by the newspapers and the Folgers. However, no formal charges were placed before the courts or arresting officers.
Accusations of Murder, and Assault.
While in Bedford prison, Matthias was approached by a young artist who wanted to sketch a portrait of him. The picture represents him in his beautiful embroidered coat, studded with stars, and large sun on the left breast, the sword of Gideon by his side, the long rule for measuring paradise in his right hand. Ref: B1 Page 414 (300)
Benjamin and Ann Folger re-unite after the death of Elijah Pierson. Prophet Matthias and Sojourner-Truth leave New York and visit Albany, where Matthias is arrested and incarcerated for murder and obtaining money under false pretenses.
In November 1834, after serious deliberation, the Judge determined to suspend the prisoner’s trial for the offense of obtaining money under false pretenses and delivered him to the authorities in Westchester County to be tried for the alleged murder of Mr. Pierson.
At Westchester County Court, Judge Ruggles said, and we quote. ‘There was not sufficient evidence of the allegations that the deceased had come to his death from the culpable negligence of the prisoner, and therefore the jury could not find a verdict of guilty.’
Surprisingly all the charges are rescinded by Benjamin Folger, resulting in the acquittal of Matthews (Prophet Matthias)
Matthews was found guilty of whipping his daughter; however, at the trial, she wrote a letter stating that she, quote. ‘Respectfully pray the court to enter a null prosequi therein accordingly.’ signed Isabella Laisdell.’
The assault charge is unusual as Isabella (Matthews) Laisdell did not bring the allegations against her father. The court records confirm, it was Mr. Charles Laisdell,’ Isabella’s husband, who moved against Prophet Matthias!
The Folgers placed no formal charges against Sojourner-Truth; however, her name was implicated, which resulted in her winning compensation against Benjamin Folger, in a separate court action, to the sum of $125.00.
Walking away from what can only be considered a Christian or humanitarian encounter with Mr. Western: Matthias is determined to find Sojourner-Truth, and his wife, Margaret Matthews. After their happy reunion, Matthias and Sojourner-Truth decide to visit with Margaret, the legal wife of Matthias. Arriving at their destination, Margaret is not pleased to hear that Matthias wants to talk with her. We are informed via the Tarboro Press that, and I quote. ‘Matthias then went to his wife and children. She would not receive him; she would not live with him; she utterly refused to have anything to do with him. Matthias bore it patiently, after which he stretched out his left hand put it on the head of one of his boys, and ejaculated a blessing.’ The communication between Matthias and Margaret did not last for more than a few moments, and Sojourner-Truth was present during its duration. Almost as if she desired more contact, Margaret wrote down in her written statement, and I quote. ‘That she might have had more conversation with Matthias if Sojourner-Truth was not with him.’
During this monumental day, Matthias received kindness from Sojourner-Truth and Mr. Western. After a short conversation, Matthias turned his back on Margaret for the last time; it was over, the love had died, and Margaret, not Matthias, was in the driving seat. Ensconced in her freedom, Margaret seizes power and opportunity to stand her ground against Matthias, a domineering, narcissistic husband and Prophet. In Margaret’s opinion, she said, Quote. ‘There is no alteration apparently, and his countenance and his eyes have the same expressions of insanity.’
Wednesday, 19th August 1835, we know this day started early for Matthias as he was, quote. ‘Escorted to the Jersey City ferry this morning by the officers, probably with a view of getting him out of the city.’ While attempting to leave Jersey City, a and I quote again ‘crowed immediately assembled to assault him, after which he then succeeded in getting into a car which started in a few minutes, and thus preventing any mischief.’
Walking around Newark looking for his brother, Matthias started talking to Mr. Gould, a curious, intelligent member of the community. Eventually, the news of Matthias’ arrival in Newark has stirred the community into action: the crowds increased to a mob, and they like the mob a few hours earlier in Jersey City: are out for the blood or head of Matthias. The news traveled fast, as Matthias has only been in Newark for just over one hour!
By Wednesday afternoon, Matthias was back in New York, walking the Broadway. According to the summary of the news, he was, and I quote the newspapers. ‘As usual full of his extravagances.’
From Newark and New York, he retreated into the country and took his journey towards Lancaster in Pennsylvania. On Saturday, 12th September 1835, we next find him pretending to be, and I quote. ‘Influenced in his travels by the Holy Spirit.’ The indications are that Matthias believes the Holy Spirit is leading him towards Pittsburgh.
On the 9th November 1835, while introducing himself as, quote, ‘Joshua, the Jewish minister.’ Matthews (Matthias) finds himself knocking at the door of Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Geauga Co, Ohio. This monumental day is the start of a three-day meeting which Mike Wilkins calls the Clash of the Prophets.
During the conversation, Matthews told Smith that Joshua is his priestly name. Additionally, they talked about the resurrection, stating that he (Matthews) is a literal descendant of Matthias, the Apostle!
Unfortunately for these two American Prophets, there was no happy ending! Like most events in these Prophets’ lives, the newspapers report part of the story when they said, and I quote. ‘Matthias the Prophet was at Kirkland Ohio and had not joined the Mormons.’
After three days of discussions and one congregational meeting held at Smith’s home where Matthews addressed the assembled Mormons, the two claimed American Prophets denounced each other as Satanic. Smith said that quote. ‘My God told me that your God is the Devil.’
Surprisingly the curious coincidences between the notorious Prophet Matthias and the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith have been hidden within the pages of history for almost two hundred years. Now, the full story can be read in the book entitled ‘Sojourner-Truth Matthias & Smith Clash Of The Prophets’.
Robert Matthews did not record his doctrines, ideas, or history; however, he is remembered for his many outrageous adventures and activities. His involvement with Sojourner-Truth and Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint Church, along with his involvement with the higher echelons of New York Society, has secured his place in American history.
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While in the throes of religious excitement, Robert Matthews (Prophet Matthias) traveled to Batavia, which is near the city of Chicago. Here he met Mrs. Lucinda Morgan, the beautiful widow of Morgan the Mason. Interestingly, in a short space of time, she became a very devoted supporter of Robert and his doctrines. Amazingly Lucinda Morgan also had a direct and genuine connection with the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith.
Incredibly, the historical records provide information confirming that she (Lucinda) became one of the many wives of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith! Undoubtedly this is the first of many connections between these two men who claim to be Prophets of a living God!
The overwhelming facts are conclusive regarding the historical evidence around the extraordinary religious excitement. The second great awakening is the name given to the revitalized religious enthusiasm. In general terms, neither Prophets Matthias nor Smith instigated this excitement. Undoubtedly both Prophets were involved and influenced by events, opportunities and claimed spiritual contact with both good and evil spiritual entities! Under these circumstances, the involvement and influence from the unseen spirit realm remain a consideration, primarily due to the similar events which happened hundreds of years and thousands of miles away from the New York area!
Struggle & Fight.
Amazingly we have information about two Prophets, having the same name, living half a world away from each other, with three hundred years separating them! Together the similarities and curiosities are extraordinary due to the interconnection of claimed demonic possession intermingled with immorality, murder, and sexual perversion of the young and innocent virgins.
The historical records confirm the evidence. Unquestionably the Prophet Matthias of the 16th Century, who, like the notorious Prophet Matthias from the 19th Century, experienced claimed God-given authority, leading to unforgettable sexual atrocities, destroying the lives of their disciples.
After years of investigation, and contained within the pages of this book, we present the undeniable curious connections between all alleged Prophets
The Prophet Matthias of the 16th Century flourished in a time of changing religious ideas and dogma. In its earliest evolution, the reformation is with the translated Bible causing the traditional Roman Catholic Christian church to struggle and fight for its survival! In parallel to this, in the 1800s, we see a revolution in the newly-formed American constitution. Entering the fray is Matthias of the 19th Century, bringing with him ideas and religious mania.
Mike Wilkins presents the unforgettable story involving love and lust, truth against lies, as the forces of both good and evil spirit entities attempt supreme control over the minds and spirits of the pure in heart!
We shall investigate, present, and examine all the evidence; as fact is a lot stranger and more challenging than fiction! These coincidences are spectacularly alarming due to the possible existence of demonic evil spirits interfering in the lives of men and women!
We shall examine the evidence in historical documents: within these papers, we shall read the reports on Prophet Matthias and his murderous sexual immorality. This information is a foundation for the main story of the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith: and the convicted notorious American Prophet Matthias.
From the book Sojourner-Truth Matthias & Smith, we read. ‘Amazingly, once again, the evidence is overwhelming regarding the possible connections between Matthias and Joseph Smith. As taught and practiced by faithful members of the Mormon Church, the Mormon temple ceremony includes the ritual of washing and anointing. Without fear of contradiction, the Mormon Church teaches the doctrine of washing and anointing, along with baptism for the dead. These Mormon religious ceremonies involved water and claimed authority. Coincidently Prophet Matthias and his disciples also used water and claimed authority! Incredibly the Mormon Church has the spiritual tradition of washing and anointing inside their temples, while Prophet Matthias has his religious ritual of washing and purifying!
Prophet Matthias did not die in his Zion or New Jerusalem; his adventures continued after the implosion involving Sojourner-Truth and the Folgers. Interestingly Matthias claimed to be a Christian; however, mainstream Christianity and the Mormons expelled him from their congregations.
Matthews traveled extensively after his New York adventures.
1. Baltimore in 1836.
2. Cincinnati in 1837
3. Manchester, August 1837.
4. Virginia, October 1837.
There are false reports concerning the death of Matthews.
Interestingly, we have two more reports to share; these written reports epitomize the life of Robert Matthews alias Prophet Matthias.
Report one: dated 7th August 1841, Quote. ‘Death of Matthias—it is stated by the Highland Messenger that Matthias, the imposter, died in North Carolina in July 1840. His age was about 60 years. He was probably the most stupid creature whoever set up for a prophet.’
Report two on the very same day, 7th August 1841, Quote. ‘Not Dead, The Prophet Matthias, is not dead. The editor of the Albany Atlas saw him a few days since beard and all onboard one of the steamers.’
The general unsupported understanding is that he died in Iowa Territory.
As controversial in death as in life!
In closing this section. The eight to-ten-day planned visit to see her father Matthias turned into a six-week roller-coaster ride, which Isabella, the daughter of Matthias, would never forget. Astonishingly she wants to stay at Mount Zion with Benjamin and her legal husband, Charles! Her desires mirror the actions of Ann as she traversed from Benjamin to Prophet Matthias. In hindsight, Ann and Isabella have a lot more in common than just Benjamin. Isabella, the daughter of Matthias, in her young mind, may well believe that Charles, her legal husband, will receive his matched spirit from Matthias at Mount Zion, in the same manner as Benjamin and Matthias received theirs. Standing firm in knowledge and experience, Charles understands Matthias’s character, and he wants nothing to do with him. Rejecting the pleadings and suggestions from his wife and using wise judgments from the Court, Charles guides Isabella towards Albany away from the dangers of her father and his lifestyle!
As the weeks turn into months, the aggression and hatred towards Matthias escalate. His continual declarations of displeasure towards Sing-Sing’s local citizens were not, as the saying goes, helping his cause. Due to the anger of the local community, we read, quote. ‘Matthias could no longer pass up and down in the steamboat with safety. Indeed, the probability is that, but for the protection which Mr. and Mrs. Folger afforded him, he would have been severely handled before that time, owing to his high-handed impudence in pronouncing everyone a devil who refused to receive his doctrines.’
Interestingly, after Matthias took control of Pierson’s church, the members became aware that he, quote. ‘Disapproved openly of women speaking.’ It is a well-established fact from numerous reports and testimonies that Matthias viewed most women with less than loving affection. Some newspapers even report him as a hater of women! After the death of Sarah Pierson, some of the female relatives stayed to assist Elijah in any way that they could. Shockingly and without hesitation, we discover, quote. ‘The female relatives of the family, who had remained there after the decease of the lady of the house, were sent away by the impostor (Matthias.) and he allowed no woman to reside there but the black domestics ( Sojourner-Truth and Katy) who were of the true faith.’ Once again, any person who disagrees with Matthias is removed from his presence one way or another. After silencing or removing the female portion of the congregation, Prophet Matthias has greater control in his patriarchal Zion! (Ref: N44.) Unequivocally within this second report, it states that Matthias would quote. ‘Bear no rivals.’
Regarding the female purge, it is unclear if Mrs. Bolton left before or after most of the relatives, as Matthias pronounced her, quote. ‘A devil and a lewd woman, while she, after an amusing attempt to conciliate him which failed, boldly pronounced him as an imposter.’ In the war of personalities and control, Mrs. Bolton lost! (Ref: N21)
Mrs. Dratch was a Jewish woman renowned for her ability to spin a good yarn. Her kinship with Matthias is unquestionable as she was, quote. ‘The only female with whom he (Matthias) was familiar.’ (Ref: N44.) True to his character, Matthias attempts to control his female disciples the same way he treated his workmates and school friends. If the female does not succumb, he then removes her, as out of sight is out of mind! Some of the doctrines openly taught were, quote.
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