By Christopher from Schtix and Stones
Despite the odd new love for the Gospel of Thomas in the Hebrew Roots Movement, this is a love affair that will result in the same fashion as a Glenn Close, Michael Douglas movie made back in....I donno 1987.
I find it rather scary that the same people who told me to stay away from the Rabbinical sources, are the same ones gravitating towards something that is considered a "Gnostic Gospel". It makes as much sense as Clint Howard playing Humprey Bogart in a multi-million Universal release of the life of Bogie.
Now I have read the Gospel of Thomas and I read it back in 2004, the Gospel of Thomas claims to be the "secret sayings of Jesus" one of this things I realized is the Buddhist influence in the Fraud...I mean Gospel of Thomas. The Messiah was painted a mix of Archie Bunker, meets, Guru Pinka (Mike Myers character from the Love Guru), meets Dr Gregory House. And at times a drunk Oreson Welles. At times I thought I was reading the Stanley Kubrick script from A.I. Or like I was watching Pulp Fiction on a Meth-bender.
Is that enough pop culture references? Ya get the cut of my jib so we can get into the meat of this now? Now I do not wanna get off on a rant here......well again maybe I do. But lets look at what some Hebrew roots believers are reading in the Gospel of Thomas:
- “Let Mary (Magdalene) go out from among us, because women are not worthy of the Life."
- : “See I shall lead her, so that I will make her male, that she too may become a living spirit, resembling you males. For every woman who makes herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
- "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."
- "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human."
- "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."
- Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will bring sin upon yourselves, and if you pray, you will be condemned, and if you give to charity, you will harm your spirits"
- "After all, what goes into your mouth will not defile you; rather, it's what comes out of your mouth that will defile you."
- Jesus said, "Two will recline on a couch; one will die, one will live."
- Jesus said, "I will destroy [this] house, and no one will be able to rebuild it [...]."
- He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I'm not a divider, am I?"
- Jesus said, "Let one who has become wealthy reign, and let one who has power renounce the wealthy"
- Jesus said, "Adam came from great power and great wealth, but he was not worthy of you. For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have tasted] death."
- Jesus said, "God D*** the Pharisees"
Now from looking at these quotes and looking at the ideals brought forward from this "Gnostic Gospel" the theology aligns with the Sadducees whom were in direct contradiction with the Word of Yahweh and the Scriptures. Notice in these supposed verses in the Gospel of Thomas, we see Yeshua saying to eat a lion....lion is not Kosher. Notice as well the emphasis on the blessing of monetary wealth, this was obviously Sadducee influence. The Sadducees did not believe in a resurrection, notice in the Scripture it says Yeshua was speaking to the Sadduccees, that did not believe in the Resurrection. Thus accounting for the verse that the house Yeshua was gonna tear down contradicts the Scripture, in the Gospel of Thomas it says it cannot be fixed, and Yeshua said in the real gospels, that he would resurrect this house in 3 days. There is also a ton of New Age mysticism and Buddhist beliefs in the realm of women in the first two verses. The mysticism also goes on to say, that basically whomever figures out Yeshua's sayings will not taste death. This is new age mysticism 100% and it 100% goes against Scripture and heck it even goes against the Talmud. Christians over the past 10 years have been flooding to the Gospel of Thomas because they admittedly love the Sadducees, because they do not know who they were, I have actually heard it said in Churches, "The difference between the Sadducees and Pharisees is that the Sadducees believed in Jesus and the Pharisees did not". This is such a ridiculous claim and it is based on NOTHING but ignorance of who the two were, notice they never mention the Essenes yet they always talk about John the Baptist who was an Essene. The young can be easily tricked by this book and the claims by other young ones in the faith. The Gospel of Thomas is a straight up fraud and it needs to be known.
(From Nazarene Israel Magazine)
Christopher Fredrickson is a believer in Yahshua Messiah, a follower of Torah and runs the successful Nazarene Radio Network that over 100,000 people listen to on a weekly basis he also has his own radio show on NRN called Schtix and Stones.
Nazarene Israel: Mr Fredrickson we appreciate this interview for our first publication
Christopher: Oh wow I did not know this is your first one wow, what an honor for me I hope I do not cause your readers to unsubscribe.
NI: Nazarene Media, where did this idea stem from?
CWF: Well, I think it comes from all the way back when I became a follower in Torah and Messiah, I wanted to learn and I am a Podcast and eBook guy, I loved finding eBooks online and reading them in my spare time and I had a Sony Reader, later a Kindle, a Velocity Cruz and then recently an iPad, and I am a guy who loves to learn. So I found as many eBooks as I could and put them on my Sony Reader and they were hard to find, so I only had a few. And as far as the podcasts there were only a few you can really find through Google and Yahoo etc and the podcast servers out there you do not know if they are orthadox or if they believe in Yeshua as well so I had this issue, finding all of these. But I found as much as I could. Out of all the podcasts I found I contacted many of the hosts from those and got them aboard the Yahshuan Radio Network back in February of 2012, all the ones I could contact. I started hosting my own show at that time it was called The New Oye In Town, which later became Schtix and Stones, and when doing the website which was a crappy little Spruz site, I added a media tab and I uploaded all the eBooks I could find right there that were public domain. And that little sucker got more hits than did the radio. And I started to realize that people were just like I was at the beginning of my walk they wished there was a one stop shop where they could get all these media resources, whether eBooks or mp3s, Podcasts, videos, blog and radio. So when we left a ministry many of us were a part of, We decided to start Nazarene Media, to have a hub to get all the media we had at the spruz site and to focus more on the media and getting people the free resources they all wanted and honestly needed so they could be fed. We also started the Nazarene Radio Network and since then it has just grown.
NI: How much work have you had to put into Nazarene Media?
CWF: Oh goodness if you saw it when it first started you would be appalled, it was nothing at all. We had maybe 10 books in the eBook section we had the radio player, and that was about it, I can remember more of what was not there as opposed to what is there now looking back.
NI: Tell us about your podcast page.
CWF: Oh man YeshuaCast is one of my favorite things, it is a one stop shop of free Podcasts of Hebrew Roots teachers, all great audio quality, and it is not like those big name Podcasting servers, what we have done is set up something that was originally just for the Nazarene Radio Network Hosts and we then took it to the public Hebrew roots teachers can get unlimited space unlimited bandwidth have an iTunes accessible podcast and of they are on a radio network they get a player with their logo on it for only $10 a month or $100 a year, those big guys are not ministry based we are, and we charge only 3% on average what Podomatic and all those other guys charge and the finds go right back into the ministry. We have not had anyone outside of NRN or YRN sign up yet so it is off to a slow start and we have not generated any revenue for the respected ministries yet, but it has been a blessing thus far nonetheless for those whom are looking for safe podcasts.
NI: I heard YeshuaCast is the host of the #1 Podcast in Nazarene Judaism (Schtix and Stones) on iTunes ranking.
CWF: Oh man that is just crazy, and I do not understand it either, when you go to iTunes and you search the podcasts there you also have Jim Staley, Rico Cortes, Mark Biltz, ya know some heavy hitters there people whom everyone knows and whom I think truly have the Spirit of Yahweh with them at all times, and I highly respect these individuals and these teachers. Then you hear Schtix and Stones and it just bewilders me a great deal that you have two guys who have only been walking Torah for only days compared to some of these others, and yeah we are #1. But I think some of it is from the fact that we have an audience the Hebrew Roots really has not reached yet and that is the younger people. They identify with me and JJ Roxx because we are goofballs, and we kinda have a rock and roll style program. I got an email from a person listening the other day and she said we were blasphemous because we do not have your normal, sit down and be quiet type of program that will help you nod off to sleep. And though she was ranting about us she could not stop listening and when I asked her why she did not just turn it off if she was so incredibly offended she messaged me back in this group on Facebook and said, "I wanted to see what you would say next".
NI: Do you get a lot of negativity from people because your show is not, as you said, "the norm"?
CWF: Oh yeah big time, but the cool thing is in this show we are learning, and our audience is learning with us, we have been wrong several times and we have been right about several things, and when we are wrong, we come on the next week and correct ourselves and apologize to the audience. You are not going to make 100% of the people happy 100% of the time. The thing is we want to be honest with our audience, in who we are. I was talking to someone the other day who recognized me from the radio, and I was with Dale McCoyle from Two Witness Netsarim, and one of his friends he invited said, "you guys remind me of exactly how you sound on the radio" and that is the key is being honest with people. We get a lot of junk from the Karaites mostly and they love to twist every little thing possible, we also get a lot of junk from ministries who think that ministry is a numbers game which it isn't and egos are what causes them to lash out a great deal, some just have a cult mentality. But we must pray for brethren whom act such as this cause we were all there, I know I was. But also remember that Yeshua said if I am for you who can be against you?
NI: Who do you learn from?
CWF: Everybody and anybody, most importantly the Scriptures. I tend to use a lot of 1st Century Rabbinical sources, including the Talmud and I also make sure to have my ear open to brethren with different interpretations than I, cause I wanna learn and expand my learning, of course we let the Ruach HaKodesh lead, but sometimes the Ruach leads us to people and to texts, to help us answer questions. I recently started a weekly Talmud Portion that goes with the Torah Portion every week and man, you would not believe week after week I see the Messiah in the Talmud and I ask how in the world do our Orthodox brethren not see it? I do not have a Rabbi, other than Yeshua, to be honest. To my advantage I am a objective guy, I do not have any sacred cows as far as my own doctine in the Hebrew Roots or interpretation of a certain verse, plus I make note there are also 4 levels of understanding the Pashat, Remez, Drash and Sod, so many brethren's interpretation though may not be the same as mine as long as it aligns with the Scripture is accurate in my mind. Surround yourself with people whom do not agree with you and whom challenge you, whom make you think outside of the box, and you will learn very very very quickly, I was at a standstill right after I learned the name and a few things on Torah because we were not allowed any interpretation other than the one of the person whom headed that ministry, and if your interpretation was different then you were automatically of HaSatan, and that is no way to learn. But after we stepped outside of the doors of that ministry we decided that we were responsible for our walk we needed to research ourselves test all things, and I grew more after stepping out from under that ministry than I could have if I were there for 80 years. Learn from Scripture first and 2ndly from brethren you do not always agree with cause they will challenge you, and be humble and admit when you are wrong, cause when we have humility and love then we have the Ruach HaKodesh working within us.
NI: Not including Torah and Yahshua, what message do you wsh to give to the body?
CWF: Unity....simply unity. I mean in terms of uniting as the body it is the single most important message any of us could ever give to the body. Unity can only come through the Torah, Yeshua said love is the single most important part of the Torah, and it should be the main message and the first message when we come into the truth. Cause love brings humility, meekness, kindness and the rest of the fruits of the Spirit. We get too divisive at times, and it is over stupid things like the spelling of the name, one house two house, calendars, prophecy etc. What do these things have to do with Torah and Messiah? Nothing!! Do you believe Yeshua is gonna say, "Hey good job you figured out the correct doctrine"? No he is gonna say did you keep my commandments and did you love your neighbor as yourself?
NI: What is next for Nazarene Media and Schtix and Stones?
CWF: Oh gosh that is a tough question, we do not have anything really new in the plans and reason being this is what Yahweh wants us to do now, I try and not take the wheel myself. But I can say we hope to keep on doing what we are doing and expanding our database of free material and keep getting out the uniting message of Jew and Goyim which is the message of Torah and Messiah. I am honored Yahweh has allowed us to do what we do, and right now we are gonna focus on do what He has allowed us to do best.
by Christopher From Schtix and Stones
Passover is traditionally known as a time of sacrifice atonement and judgement. This is why the blood is smeared over the door posts and it is also why traditionally a lamb is killed and eaten. We also get the leaven out of our houses and out of our lives. But believe it or not the obedience to Yahweh brings many blessings. I was sent this music video from a friend who is an orthodox Jew, by the name of Yonah. This music video really showed me what the Israeli people go through every day surrounded by people whom wish to kill them. (Please watch the music video before reading the rest of this blog)
In watching this video I see a lot of symbolism of Yeshua the Messiah, and our orthodox brethren really do not even see it, with the unintentional symbolism of the son resurrected in the music video to the rebuilding of the Temple through the prayer sheets flying around all over the place and Yahweh stopping those missiles from hitting Jerusalem. The enemies of Yahweh will be brought to judgement, the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's of the world, the Kim Jung Ungs of the world will all be put to the judgement of Yahweh during the Passover.
The Messiah will come and he will come back soon and he will answer the prayers of these people in Jerusalem and in the Holy Land, their enemies will be a footstool at their feet, when Yeshua comes back.
I ask that no matter what day you start Passover on that you please pray for the people of Israel, pray for our very own military that is fighting overseas right now so you can celebrate Passover, pray that Yahweh's shield is around them, pray for the children who are sick with cancer, pray for the orphan who lost their family, pray for the mother who found out she only has a short time to live, pray for the father who lost his job, pray for the widows, pray for the teachers, pray for the weak, pray for the lame, pray for those who are searching, pray for the addicts, pray for the priests, pray for the the entire world this Passover, pray that Yahweh puts his hands upon them and that he protects his people against the tyrants and the dividers and the snakes and those hiding within the shadows. Pray that the blessings abound for those whom seek him even if they are wrong in their analysis, pray that Yahweh continues to teach them during this time of judgement. I ask that we not be legalistic however we be people with love in our hearts whom are not prideful, not boastful, whom do not demand our own way and whom are humble, loving, caring and kinf
By Christopher from Schtix and Stones
In the book of Daniel it says that the scroll shall be opened, and an increase in knowledge will be the result. Is it technological knowledge? Of course not, for Yahweh says, "There is nothing new under the sun", and it is highly likely the technologies we have today were from the time of the Fallen Ones, mentioned in Genesis. So the verse is indicating Scriptural knowledge, and the knowledge of the Father. In this I have been doing some Hebrew research into the book of Revelation by using the Crawford Manuscript, which is the oldest Hebrew text of the book of Revelation. Though a novice of the Hebrew language I think we can all agree that the Ruach HaKodesh despite our lack of knowledge will reveal all things to us, Amen? But the Ruach will lead us as a body through study and give each person a part of the puzzle. Ephesians 5 and 6 illustrates this that is a functioning body that works together. One thing I can assure you however, from study of the text, is that the word "locusts" in Revelation 9:2, is an incorrect translation into English. This is of no fault of the translators of either Greek based or Hebrew Bibles, many have used the Greek LXX to align their translations with the few whom have actually translated the Hebrew and Aramaic sources of the New Testament to English, so lets not go on a witch hunt as many tend to do, lets focus on what the Father is revealing.
Notice that both the Hebrew word locusts, and the word for Arab are both Alef then Resh, then Bet, they Hey. The same word. The texts goes on to say that they will have the tail of a scorpion, which could be an indication of weaponry, and they will torture mankind for a series of months. Now I want you to keep close attention to this photo below and remember it says they will emerge out of a pit. Here is an areal view of Mecca without people.
And here is one with people (Millions of Muslims gathering at Mecca)
Does this not look like millions of Muslims coming out of a pit, giving the view of people in the pit coming out?
Now lets refer to a photograph today on the Drudge Report.
Now there is a quote I find very disturbing giving all the intelligence coming in right now from the Middle East and an increase in attacks has been going on for years, and every year there are more and more attacks. And here is the quote given to Yahoo News and the Associated Press
"FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald says the agency takes all threats seriously and "there is no specific or credible threat to New York."
This PC mentality is a brain child of one Karl Marx, the Father of not only Socialism and Communism but also the Father of Sociology. Sociology is taught in through the back door of children in their school studies starting in 3rd grade. The ideal of Sociology is to push the Socialism agenda, they use phrases like class warfare, the redistribution of wealth, social inequality, and they make children fear speaking out against evil, because they do not want to be called racist or prejudice or intolerant. So they actually teach in schools today that Islam is a peaceful religion and it is a religion of tolerance (despite their texts that say to behead those whom do not believe in Mohammad being a prophet sent from Allah These people are called Infidels according to the Muslims). The reality is separate from the fantasy world in Academia. They teach an agenda that is contrary to that of the Scriptures, and most of it is revisionist history to fit their agenda and junk science, such as the Biology teacher's take on what Co2 is, they think it is something evil but it is what plants breathe in and we breathe out. I used to tell my college professors "It is the circle of life Simba".
Do you wonder why your children hold One world government Trotsky Communist style views? It is because they are taught it in school. (Trotsky-ism a brand of Communism that is anti-war). They are taught that there are no absolutes, and that Muslims and Jihadists are simply misunderstood and we are the bad guys for going after the evil that has taken the lives of millions of innocent people around the world in the past 100 years. This is text book PC-ism. Now this style of thinking is widely accepted around the entire world including Europe, South America, North America, and a majority of the rest of the world. It is an ideal of not being held accountable for one's actions. Remember Yeshua said, "the doctrines of men" talking about the human ways and laws over riding his laws? We have come full circle today brethren, this is also what set the ball into motion during the great apostasy that happened around 98AD. With the creation of a faith sensitive "church" that adopted the ways of Babylon and was further propagated on a massive scale by the emperor Constantine. Fast forward to 2012 now, remember Rick Warren and the Unitarian movement and Chrislam? Well Christianity, has been doing this for close to 1800 years now, why are they now outraged? The Scriptures warns about this in Deuteronomy 13, Ezekiel 8, Jeremiah 10 and the Messiah said people will teach "another Yeshua" contrary to the one in the Scriptures. This Apostasy has been going on for some time now and we for some reason are looking to it being in the future and it has been here for over 1800 years. Revelation 17 happened around 300 AD people. Lets refer to Yahweh's marriage contract his Torah, "YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER ELOHIMS". Through Catholicism and the ancient form of Communist PC-ism the church has adopted Tammuz (with whom they celebrate during Easter Christmas Ashe Wednesday and Lent), they celebrate Achmen Ra, they celebrate Nimrod, Semiramis, Mithras and many many others. Catholic priests are now saying that Allah is Yahweh's name as well....really? In Hebrew Allah is translated to "The curse". Many in the Hebrew roots are falling away an into this trap as well calling the Father Yehovah, which came from the Jahovah's witnesses' Jahovah, which translated to "HaShem is dead". We are not even safe in our own encampments.
Many Hebrew roots followers have adopted the traditions of these other gods in the realms of Karaitism. which came out of Islam and this is why they seek the crescent moon as opposed to the concealed for the appointed feast days. The Scripture warns us of the Karaites too, which came out of Islam, Luke 17 is a prime example of this. You have one unprepared, and one unprepared because of false calendars by false gods and one will be taken, cause they did not follow what Paul said in his letter to the Thessalonians that these things would take place during the appointed seasons and Holy Days. Well if you are not prepared you still think you have time, notice Nehemia Gordon just recently pushed Passover forward a couple of weeks because of the Karaite view of the moon.
I am simply trying to set you the base of interpretation of the prophecies mentioned in the Scripture. The falling away, in 2nd Thessalonians 2, makes it clear what is happening today. The PC mentality has crossed over into the adoption of new age mysticism and demons worship within the church through the ideal of a pre-tribulation Rapture, and Hollywood is helping to advance the idea and causing people to think that aliens could possibly be the army of Yahweh, the Vatican has a mission team to covert, these beings to be followers of Catholicism. And now Hollywood has gotten in on the act. Below is a low quality video of a pre-tribulation rapture in the Hollywood movie, Knowing. Where the children are taken up by a spaceship because they are chosen and pure. It is interesting that people see the fictional Hollywood movies, JFK, The Davinci Code, Left Behind, and 2012 as being non-fiction in the eyes of avid movie goers, so why would they not further propagate the lie and try and humanize the 1/3 of all the angels cast down from heaven in Revelation 12? It is obvious what Hollywood is doing. It is a form of pre-conditioning, and remember HaSatan owns this world and Ya'akov said after Yeshua's death the spirit of the Anti-Messiah is here already. Here is the clip
Now lets refer to the history, whether or not you believe in the Hallow Earth theory I am not gonna take issue with cause it is simply that a theory. Though there is some amazing evidence. Remember the Nazi's had plans for UFOs and American fighters had seen them during the times of WWII, and in interviews with the Nazi Scientists around the time of Operation Paper Clip, they said they "got help from a powerful source unlike any have seen in this day and age". My theory is they got them from the Nephilim under the earth's core. There is video evidence of the Nazi's setting up shop in Antarctica, cameras were rolling as they went into encavements with over 800 submarines and numerous war planes, in a strip of land in Antarctica they purchased called New Swabia. Now, this may sound odd but it is documented in the Library of Congress and it open record that many fled over there. Now who helped the Nazi's and how does this tie in with Islam? Adolf Hitler met with someone called the Mufti, the Mufti and Hitler had the same goal....the eradication of the Jews. The Mufti is the pope of Islam. And the Vatican trained Mohammad back in the days before St Augustine to create this new religion called Islam. This is even documented in St Augustine's book, St Augustine's Confessions. They even worked alongside the Karaite Jews and the Karaite Muslims and over 800 Karaite Jews fought for the Nazis. So in the 1920s-1940s we have a significant portion of prophecy in the making, the communion of Islam and Christianity and Socialism/Communism. The same thought process was used to advance the Unitarian movement and Chrislam. But again this apostacy has gone back over 1800 years and this time they even teamed up with Islam and the Fallen Ones mentioned in Scripture. Since then, the world had seen UFO sightings all over the world, not really anything before that, but notice the designs change every ten years and they are reflective of man's pop culture just like the cars every couple of years that are produced proving a man made design. The lights seen over Phoenix recently, they never saw designs like that in the 1950s when they saw the bell shape objects, that had occultic symbols all over it. The UFOs of the 80s did not look like the ones of the 90s or now. Proving it is a created vehicle here on earth with the technologies from above, from the fallen ones.
Now this is where the Nazi tie comes in again, Germany the satellite state of Russia was one of the first countries to incorporate the new age lifestyle, sociology and as well....communism. In the prophecies, and we all know the passage it says we will be forced to take a mark. The Mark will be of a man and it will be 6 hundred and sixty six. Now, look at the communist nations around the world. Look at your college campuses, ever heard people say "at big universities I am not an individual but just basically a number" no I am not saying the mark is from the college campuses. But I am referring to the absence of invidualism and the forced acceptance of collectivism. That is communism, and the only way a person can be forced to "take a mark" would be through the realm of communism.
To prove this notice every time a devastating occurrence happens whether planned by terrorism or a natural disaster, new laws and implications and red tape are then dispersed upon the people, look at the TSA pat downs that is a classic example. So in tern we loose a little bit of our liberty. How many disasters take place in the book of Revelation and Daniel? A great deal of them. So we would have to be living in LaLa Land or behind the closed walls of the real world (aka a college university) to see the rational implications of these things and the lost of Liberty and to keep you in check so the government could know who you are, they will mark you. Those without the mark....well they will be hunted down and asked where they came from and why they do not have the mark, and will be forced to take it. Now I am not going to speculate what the mark is, I have heard many theories, so I ask you not comment on this blog with trying to educate me on the mark and what you are sure it is. Our preconceived notions are our sacred calves. Our preconceived notions are the sacred calves that started the false religions of Orthodox Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, etc all the way down the line and back up again.
But I truly think that we can dig even deeper into this through the original language, remember Daniel said the scroll will be opened as I stated earlier, well a scroll has words correct. It has characters that make up not only a language but an ideal, and a thought, and precept. So is the scroll that would be open be in Greek or English? That is a silly question cause in Ezekiel, Yahweh says he will restore the ancient language and not (as it says in Proverbs 26:11) return back to the vomit. Shalom.