Who Was Paul of Tarsus
What Your Minister Doesn't Want You to Know

Part VI

Acts 18:24 - "And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus."

The following quotes from Paul's Epistles clearly identify Apollos as Apollonius of Tyana.

Col 4:14 - "Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you."

2Ti 4:10 - "For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia."

Phm 1:24 - "Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers."

These last paragraphs most defintely tie Demas (Damis the beloved disciple) and Luke (Leucis) to Apollos and hence identify Apollos as Apollonius of Tyana. "Damis, a native of Nineveh, joined him as a pupil"--"The Life of Apollonius of Tyana," Philostratus. Damis, an Ephesian by birth, was called Timotheus by the Thessalonians.

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour."–1 Corinthians 3:1-8

Here we have an admission that Paul and Apollos are one and the same person and from the following we can easily deduce that Apollos actually was Apollonius of Tyana. In an ancient version of the Epistles, called the CODEX BEZAE, the name Apollos is spelled out as APOLLONIUS. The Encyclopedia Britannica admits that the name, Apollos, as it appears in the Pauline Epistles, is an abbreviation of Apollonius.

The following quotes from Josephus and Acts seem to indicate that Apollos and Paul were indeed one and the same person. "At this time (57-58 AD) there came to Jerusalem from Egypt a man who declared that he was a prophet and advised the masses of the common people to go out with him to the mountain called the Mount of Olives, which lies opposite the city at a distance of 5 stadia. For he asserted that he wished to demonstrate from there that at his command Jerusalem's walls would fall down, through which he promised to provide them an entrance into the city. When Felix (the Roman governor) heard of this he ordered his soldiers to take up their arms. Setting out from Jerusalem with a large force of cavalry and infantry, he fell upon the Egyptian and his followers, slaying 400 of them and taking 200 prisoners. The Egyptian himself escaped from the battle and disappeared."–Josephus, "Antiquities" (XX, 169-172).

In Jerusalem in 58 AD, Paul was asked: "Are you not the Egyptian, who before these days stirred up and led out at the Wilderness 4000 men of the Sicarii?"–Acts 21:38

It seems that Apollonius or Paul who was the person reponsible for saving the life of the Jewish historian Josephus whom it is said was about to be killed by Vespasian when he predicted that Vespasian would one day become Emperor of Rome. It seems that this prediction that spared his life was actually made by Apollonius.

"...upon his (Vespasians) consulting the oracle of the divinity at Carmel, the answer was so encouraging as to assure him of success in anything he projected, however great or important it might be."–Suetonius Tranquillus, Gaius, "The Lives of the Twelve Caesars"

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