Thomas Didymus: The Man and the Myth

[Note:  This post, like my previous one [1], is part of a personal study I did on the twelve apostles a few years ago.]

Dedication: To Elizabeth Zahar Russ, second child (and first daughter) of Bobby and Jackie Russ, born on March 14, 2005, and whose birth announcement was received as I wrote this paper the next day.

Introduction

Thomas Didymus, so named because he was a twin (rare in those days before fertility drugs), has an assured place among those who know about the Bible, even second hand. He was a hero of the Gnostics, who forged a pseudonymous Gospel and attached his name to it. Among the legitimate Gospel writers, only John feels the need to go into any detail about Thomas, and the detail he chooses to write about is intriguing and worthy of exploration. However, even casual knowledge about the Bible will include Thomas’ most enduring legacy as the original “doubting Thomas.” While this reputation is not fair, the story of Thomas refusing to believe that Jesus Christ was actually resurrected has been responsible for his remaining common knowledge about the Bible. Personally speaking, as someone who favors underdogs and champions those whose reputations are unfairly maligned (whether they are humans, planets, or animals), Thomas is a character of interest for me personally. Given his lasting place in Christianity, it is important to consider the example of Thomas Didymus.

Gospel of Thomas

Before we go into the Biblical Thomas, it is important to realize that Thomas has an importance beyond true Christianity to the Gnostic sects. While the biblical (and true) Thomas appears to have been a somewhat rationalistic person (as this author is as well) with a somewhat dark and pessimistic nature (ditto), the Gnostic Thomas is an obscure purveyor of bizarre Gnostic teachings that include the changing of sexual natures from female to male, the slandering of the physical in place of greater spirituality, images of light and darkness, and the value of esoteric knowledge. Among the Gnostic sects, those who penned this forgery must be considered ascetics rather than libertines.

The Gospel of Thomas was probably written in the first century by an early Gnostic sect. Its writing can probably be narrowed to 70-90AD. This is true because Thomas does not appear by name, except in the general listing of the apostles, in the three synoptic Gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke take little interest in Thomas or in stories about Thomas. However, after his recasting as a Gnostic hero, it was necessary for John to combat this false image of Thomas by giving stories of Thomas. These stories, of which there are four, are relatively minor, only one of them (the “doubting Thomas” story) gaining any remembrance for casual students of the Bible. Since John wrote his Gospel towards the end of the 1st century and makes a point of including Thomas in its discourses, the original forgery of the Gospel of Thomas can safely be dated before then.

The Gospel of Thomas has an odd organization, being made up of 114 sayings, most of them rather obscure. Preserved in fragments found at Nag Hammadi and Oxyrhynchus (presumably Gnostic areas in Egypt), this book has achieved popularity again thanks to its inclusion as part of the heretical Gnostic “Jesus Project” and its inspiration of certain parts of The DaVinci Code, another Gnostic work. Most of the Gospel of Thomas appears to be a highly dualistic work, contrasting dark and light (That is not to say that the Bible does not take advantage of dualism, albeit in a less severe form, in John’s writings, for example.). Among the more troublesome parts of the Gospel of Thomas are its highly misogynistic leanings, which come to the fore in Sayings 15 (a Manichean saying concerning one not born of a woman) and Saying 114, which states that the female element must make itself male. Given the insistence of the genderless nature of God and the avoidance of the flesh, the radical asceticism of the author(s) of this Gospel cannot be disputed. The assimilation of other Gospel quotes and references to this fake Gospel is a demonstration of the prior existence of legitimate Gospels that the Gnostics distorted and pilfered for their own wicked ends.

The Gospel of Thomas is, on the whole, a rather quirky piece of literature. It seems to focus on the internal to the exclusion of the external. Also, there are references to the countryside as being superior to the city. These odd references would seem to suggest that the particular Gnostic sect responsible for the Gospel of Thomas had a pro-rural bias and was slanted against cities and towns. Also, comments as to God being everywhere smack of pantheism. Many comments about assassinations or deaths, as well as the immortality of the soul, would seem to suggest that the heretics responsible for the Gospel of Thomas were obsessed with death, as well as with being solitary individuals searching for truth alone, which is quite bizarre. Perhaps the Gnostics responsible for the Gospel of Thomas were an individualistic cult, which would make sense, and would account for the revival in popularity of the Gospel of Thomas today. The work, while intriguing and highly bizarre, is a blatant forgery, and John was right to act against it quickly and firmly.

Thomas’ Place Among The Disciples

As has been shown previously in the introduction to the Twelve Apostles [1], Thomas ranks in seventh place in the seniority of the twelve. As a member of the second tier of apostles, Thomas was probably not considered a high leadership character among the twelve. However, his loyalty to Jesus Christ was absolute. He appears to have known Peter, Andrew, James, and John before receiving his apostolic commission (we will explore the implications of John 21:1-6, where Thomas appears as a fisherman, possibly a native of Capernaum). Like the other members of the second tier of the twelve apostles: Philip, Bartholomew, and Matthew, there are a few incidents recorded of his role among the apostles, but nowhere near as many as the top four (and in particular the top three) apostles had. Still, among the recorded incidents involving Thomas we have examples of doctrinal musings, stubborn loyalty to Christ, and fellowship with his fellow apostles. Thomas certainly was a well-respected and constant member of the apostles, and deserves credit for it.

Popularity and Reputation of Thomas

Thomas’ popularity and reputation are somewhat paradoxical. Thomas is popular for all the wrong reasons (the spurious Gospel of Thomas, reviewed above). Among Christians, however, Thomas is not often considered as a positive example, and hence his reputation can be considered poor. Thomas’ bad reputation is unearned, as he was no less skeptical of the resurrection of Christ than the other apostles. However, no one is ever called a “doubting Peter” or a “doubting James.” No, people who are skeptical are called “doubting Thomases,” and this is an unfair maligning of the reputation of a stalwart apostle. This is not to say that Thomas was a perfect apostle or a perfect person. Certainly that is not the case. However, to judge Thomas for one incident in which he alone of the apostles was not present at first is a gross distortion of the biblical account. This paper, to some extent then, is an attempt to rehabilitate the reputation of Thomas, and to show his proper role as an apostle, and as an inspiration for us all, especially those of us of a dark and skeptical bend. Christ calls all sorts of people, not just sunny and cheery people who never doubt anything.

Thomas in the Bible

Besides the lists of apostles shown in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts, the only mention of Thomas occurs in the Gospel of John. Some reasons for this, namely the need to combat the spurious Gospel of Thomas, were explained in the introduction. However, the four incidents in which Thomas plays a role are of interest to us as Christians, because they portray an apostle in a variety of circumstances. In the first incident, recorded in John 11:1-16, we find Thomas urging his fellow disciples to go with Jesus to Judea even as Christ proclaimed his own upcoming death. This is the act of a loyal disciple, even if a somewhat gloomy one. The second incident, recorded in John 14:1-6, finds Thomas pondering the imminent departure of Jesus Christ and wondering how he can find the way to follow Him. Again, we find a serious and loyal disciple struggling with understandable sadness. The third, and most famous incident, shows Thomas doubting that Christ has resurrected, and how he was gently convinced of the truth of the resurrection, recorded in John 20:24-29. The final incident recording Thomas is in John 21:1-6, where Thomas (as well as certain other disciples) goes fishing with Simon Peter, James, John, Nathanael, and two other apostles (perhaps Andrew and Philip, who are known to come from the area of Capernaum as well). This is the famous incident where Peter is restored as the leader of the twelve after his disastrous denials on the night Jesus was taken. In these incidents we find Thomas as a solid and loyal member of the twelve.

John 11:1-16

The first incident in which Thomas appears in a prominent (i.e. named) role is after the death of Lazarus, recorded in John 11. Jesus’ actions concerning the death of Lazarus are somewhat puzzling, and they must have appeared so the disciples at the time, though the reason for Jesus’ actions is readily apparent afterward. Christ delays going to Bethany upon hearing (presumably in Perea) about his sickness. Instead of healing the sick, which was a common enough miracle for Jesus Christ (recorded many times in the Gospels), or even healing someone who had recently died (which also occurs, albeit not as frequently, in the Gospels), Christ made it a point to delay going to Bethany so he could raise Lazarus after being in the grave for several days. This is a power that only God possesses, and his use of it would be an indisputable demonstration of his divinity, since the death of Lazarus would have been a known and incontrovertible fact to his friends and family.

The disciples, as can be expected, were not aware of this, however. They misinterpreted his comments (which is only natural for humans not given God’s Holy Spirit, and for which they really cannot be blamed), and thought that Lazarus was not dead, but only sick. After all, they had seen Jesus heal the sick many times, and had no doubt that Christ could do so again in the case of Lazarus, who like his sisters Mary and Martha was a friend of them all. Then, when Jesus said plainly that Lazarus was dead, He stated again that He was glad for them that they would be able to see Him raise the dead. Since His own death was imminent, seeing someone raised from the dead after being in the grave for days would be an incident that they would be able to draw hope on. Jesus’ concern for His disciples cannot be neglected, and is apparent in His behavior concerning the sickness, death, and resurrection of Lazarus.

Thomas, however, makes a surprising comment in verse sixteen, saying: “Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” It is likely from this comment that the disciples were (understandably) gloomy at this time concerning the impending death of Jesus Christ. Surely they had heard statements that he was going to Jerusalem to die, and this would have been depressing for anyone. Thomas, however, in this trial, showed a stalwart loyalty to Jesus Christ and urged his fellow members of the twelve to stand by Christ and go wherever they went. In fact, we see in Thomas a particular loyalty to Christ and a desire to follow Christ wherever He went, even if it was the grave. Thomas should not be faulted for such devotion to our Lord and Savior. Indeed, we should all count ourselves as loyal as he.

John 14:1-6

The next incident concerning Thomas occurs during the Last Supper. Thomas was not alone in wondering where Jesus was going, as they all knew He was going away. They were trying, in their minds, to deal with his imminent departure, and hoped (probably irrationally) that He was not to die. They cannot be blamed for not understanding the divine purpose behind the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, or for their desire that Christ would stay with them forever. Indeed, Peter (another stalwart and loyal disciple) had proclaimed his absolute loyalty to Jesus Christ, only to be told that he would deny Christ three times before the cock crowed twice in the morning. The mood among the disciples must have been tense as they wondered what was about to happen.

In this atmosphere, Christ gave a puzzling comment in John 14:1-4: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” To us, reading the Gospels, it is obvious that the disciples were troubled. It is also obvious that the disciples did not understand that Christ was going to have to go back to heaven, where He would prepare positions of great importance and authority for the twelve apostles (presumably leadership over the twelve tribes of Israel). Also, it was clear that the apostles did not know that they knew the way to the Kingdom of Heaven—the teachings, laws, and faith of Jesus Christ.

In this circumstance Thomas’ question (which reminds me of the 2003 Lexington Winter Family Weekend sermon by Mr. Clyde Kilough, [former Chairman and President of the Council of Elders for the United Church of God] on “The Way”) in verse five makes perfect sense: “Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”” Note: I can almost hear the Fastball song: “The Way” in my head as I write this. Here we see again that Thomas, like the other apostles, did not want to be parted from Jesus Christ, and that they wanted to go where he went. We cannot ask for better friends than these.

It is noteworthy again that Jesus Christ responded gently to this question, pointing to Himself as the way to the Kingdom of God, in verse six: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”” Jesus Christ was trying, patiently, during the Last Supper, to bring the way to salvation within the mental grasp of the twelve. He was not successful at that time, but from the sterling record of the early church (at least among the disciples), we can be sure that the point eventually sank in. And again, Thomas’ concern for following God (in an earthy, rather than an esoteric, way) cannot fail but make an impression on us about how much Thomas cared for His Savior and how he sought to follow Him wherever He went.

John 20:24-29

It is the third incident concerning Thomas that he has become famous for. The setup for the incident is that ten of the elven apostles were together when Jesus Christ appeared to them. For whatever reason (we simply do not know), Thomas was not there. It is to his lasting discredit that Thomas did not see the resurrected Christ as soon as the other ones did. After all, all of the disciples doubted Christ returned, some of them disbelieving Mary Magdelene and the other disciples who first saw the resurrected Christ. None of them, however, have become synonymous with skepticism, however.

Thomas then made a rather foolish statement, saying that he would not believe Christ returned unless he saw the print of the nails in Christ’s hands and put his finger in the spear wound in Jesus’ side. These are words that Thomas would soon regret, and it appears likely that he said them out of intense grief over the death of Jesus Christ. Surely those of us who have suffered over the loss of loved ones can relate to how Thomas felt. When Jesus Christ next appeared to the eleven remaining disciples, He greeted them.

Again, Jesus was gentle in dealing with Thomas. Jesus’ main concern was that Thomas believe, though it must have been rather embarrassing for him. Jesus knew what Thomas had said, and told him to look at the wounds in the hand and feel the wound in the side. And, as can be expected, a rather grief-stricken Thomas believed Christ was resurrected. And again, Jesus lovingly reminded Thomas that while Thomas believed having seen, it was better to believe without needing to see. This loving response was an appropriate end to a truly embarrassing situation.

John 21:1-6

The final incident in which Thomas is mentioned by name occurs in the next chapter. Peter decides to go fishing, and Thomas is one of those who goes with him. While the incident (as far as Thomas is concerned at least) is unremarkable, it does demonstrate that Thomas was interested in fishing, and had suffered no long term effects over the recent incident concerning Jesus Christ. Indeed, it appears that Thomas himself could have been a Capernaum fisherman, which would put him in a rather honored league of other apostles from that background. At any rate, Thomas certainly appears to have valued the fellowship of his fellow apostles and was not a “solitary” in any fashion.

Lessons From Thomas

There are many lessons that we can learn from the apostle Thomas. These lessons include understanding we can gain from the personality of Thomas as displayed in the Gospel of John. We can also learn lessons about the strengths and weaknesses of Thomas. In all of this it must be remembered that Thomas was one of the Twelve, part of the inner circle of Jesus’ earthly ministry. If we resemble Thomas in our own lives, surely that can give us hope that Jesus Christ is working with people like us and has before. Too often it is easy to feel that Christ only works with a certain kind of person. Sadly, this thought is often encouraged by human organizations, who mainly value certain types of believers over others. We must learn from Jesus to value diverse personalities and quirks and not to value only those people who support us and are like us in every way. God created us as unique individuals for a reason, and we ought to appreciate personalities of different kinds, even if we do not share the same quirks.

Thomas as a Type of Disciple

In one sense, Thomas represents a certain type of disciple. Namely, Thomas can be considered as a loyal but somewhat dark disciple, who may not always be quick to understand what is going on but is very steady in his beliefs. The firmness of conviction in Thomas is also to be admired, as is the fellowshipping of Thomas with fellow disciples (as seen in John 21). Furthermore, the devotion of Thomas to Jesus Christ is a trait to be followed by us today. Thomas can, in whole, be seen as a type of disciple who is loyal, pessimistic, and is very concerned about keeping everyone together. Thomas is also a type of disciple with a skeptical and rational bend as well. There are undoubtedly many such people among the disciples of Christ, and truly they ought to know that God values such qualities, even if man does not.

Gifts of Thomas

Many of the gifts of Thomas have been previously discussed, but are worthy of mention here for the sake of remembrance. First of all, the loyalty of Thomas to Jesus Christ was commendable. Thomas was willing to follow Jesus Christ to the death, and urged his fellow disciples to do so. This loyalty cannot be doubted. We as Christians should all be absolutely loyal to God and Jesus Christ. Also, Thomas’ somewhat skeptical rationalism can itself be taken as a gift. After all, there are many fakes and charlatans around, and one has to be somewhat skeptical of things at first glance. However, Thomas’ skepticism was that of a genuine seeker of truth, for when proof of Jesus Christ’s resurrection (in the form of Christ Himself) was presented, Thomas believed. So we should all be willing to accept proof when it is demonstrated, even if we are skeptical of what falls short of proof. Furthermore, Thomas genuinely sought the company of his brethren and valued fellowship. We should as well. All in all, the gifts of Thomas are impressive, and worthy of emulation in us all.

Weaknesses of Thomas

Thomas, however, was not a person without weaknesses. However, it is important to note that all of us have weaknesses, and most of us do not suffer the opprobrium that Thomas has. Thomas was a gloomy and dark person. In most of his statements, Thomas strikes us as somewhat macabre and very pessimistic. For those of us who are also gloomy pessimists (or even fatalists), we see in Thomas a kindred spirit. However, pessimism, even if it is usually right, is often taken as a weakness, and at any rate is a personal bend that one must be aware of and must act accordingly. Also, Thomas’ somewhat vocal skepticism about the resurrection of Christ can be taken as a weakness. When one makes statements as vocal and as uncompromising as Thomas did (this author shares, again, that predilection), one must be prepared to eat crow. However, these weaknesses, for which Thomas has suffered a horrible loss of reputation, are minor in comparison to the great gifts that Thomas has that are largely unrecognized.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I have presented Thomas as the Bible presents him. We find that the biblical Bible disagrees largely with the perception of Thomas as a solitary, speculative hero. For whatever reason, Thomas is remembered either as an obscure philosopher or as an obstinate doubter. Neither of these views is correct. Thomas was a loyal and respected member of the twelve apostles, was a member of middle rank and prestige, and was, a tendency for gloominess notwithstanding, a figure for all of us to model ourselves after. If we can look at what the Bible says about Thomas rather than our own slanted misconceptions, we can come to a greater understanding about who God calls among us, and what qualities in personality and character that God values. And that is a lesson we should all learn and learn well.

[1] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/introducing-and-ranking-the-twelve-apostles/

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  3. Christ Didymus Thomas says:

    Charles M Stang
    Harvard Associate Professor

    7-13-13

    I read your online article. My impression. It appeared to be a sincere attempt to discover the other disciple. If you seek you’ll learn I am also described as the other disciple, or just disciple, whom Jesus loved. Lost and Found, Twin.

    Jn 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

    Jn 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
    Jn 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

    Charles, in a recent letter of Revelation, I revealed signs that appeared to violate the thought processes of the unlearned. Promised signs are poured out upon the earth and men do not see them. Educating the ignorant has it difficulties. Herein, is an internet, posted, article, with clarifying predictions of God‘s promises. It appears too deep for many to comprehend?

    The first great speculation made by the many herein is that the bible is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The history of the bible demonstrates that to be a falsehood. Blame the Catholic church. Another misconception is the bible does not speak to the issue of reincarnation, therefore, that issue generally is ignored by the mainstream religions.

    Jesus told the earth plainly, as prophesied, that, “John the Baptist,” was the reincarnated soul of Elijah. John the Baptist was also the cousin of Jesus. We grew up with John. John was not a religious stranger to us.
    Lk 1:39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;
    Lk 1:40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

    Lk 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. (“John the Baptist who was the reincarnated soul of Elijah.”)
    Lk 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
    Of course, Jesus, stated not everyone would receive his revelation.
    Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

    Mt 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
    Mt 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, (Elijah) which was for to come.
    Mt 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    Most of the Prophets were astrologers. The prophet Micah said watch the stars, for the sign of the son, shall be in the heavens. “The sign of Bethlehem.” This prophecy tracks the beginning of the Gospel of Thomas. Once discovered He shall rule the all.” Lk 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

    In 1653, the German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, correctly identified the Star of Bethlehem as a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pieces. When the planets aligned they pointed to the place on earth where Jesus and I were born.

    The same planetary alignment appeared at the birth of my reincarnation. I was born October 12, 1940, in Copperhill, Tennessee. That alignment is easy to verify. Moreover, these are events which God has ordained. Unfortunately, they also bring, as foretold, the promised, by God, end times. Look upon the earth.

    In my past lifetime, two thousand years ago, I was murdered in India (Asia) and now I am alive again. I built Seven Churches that still exist. Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest are the seven churches. Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia. The land of India chooses to believe in actual reincarnation.

    God chose reincarnation to raise the dead whom has lived other lifetimes. This is the third time I am here. I am the first (THOTH) and the last (THOMAS)

    2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
    2Co 13:2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:

    Christ Didymus Thomas

    • You sound like someone who would enjoy the Gnostic gospels.

      • Ferde Grofe' says:

        I am a devoted disciple of Thamas Didymus. That everyone argues back and forth as to who, in fact did, write the gospel of Thomas reminds me of the fools who rant back and forth over the thought that Shakespeare didn’t really write his plays….OOOOH! Well who gives a damn, they’re great plays whomever wrote them be it old Wil or another, a ‘rose by any other name’, etc.etc. In that, there is veritas, words and their meaning have the embodiment of truth such as does a bell which may ring with perfect clarity and harmony. The documents of Nag Hammadi ring with the clarity of truth and ….logic. In that era of 2000 years ago and even afterward it was common for children to be apprenticed by their parent in the same profession as to make it possible for the family to eat. Joseph was a carpenter, guess what so was Thomas Didymus as evidenced by the structures he built as the ‘maestro’ constructor in India where he died, Anyone esle in the group who can say his ‘Dad’ was a carpenter? Maybe a brother as well? Any chance his father was also a carpenter? He is, to this day, the patron saint of architects. His symbol is the builders angle and scale. Curious in that his cross, as evidenced in India, is held by a foundation of the open flowering Lotus. His death is by a spear to the side (who else amongst the group also died in this manner?). Curious coincidence, eh? Jesus sent his disciples to all corners of the Roman Empire but only Thomas to the far east and India. So where was Jesus for the ten years untold in history? Does any fool not recognize similarities between the teachings of the Buddha, the 8-Fold Path and Jesus? My Scottish grandmother ( a devout Christian) with the family name of Carlin (witch in Gelic) admonsihed me to never forget that “what I glorify in life will consume me.” Now when I read from the Nag Hammadi and the mystical meanings of the words of Jesus as set down by Thomas tells us about what ‘we bring forth from within us which is our salvation and which we do not bring forth will be our damnation” now makes so much sense…. But not so much as to fools who see the forest but can’t recognize the trees.
        Ferde Grofe’
        P.S. How come you never comment on the whispered words of Jesus to Thomas because the ‘thers were not qualified to know what he had to pass on and which, by the way, when Peter asked what it was which was whispered to Thomas likely scared Peter half to death according to the words given Thomas .. but never revealed to anyone else …but I can guess. My guess it was about ‘truth’ which Peter and the others were not yet ready to be told but then again to tell ‘his’ Thomas might have made sense.

      • I don’t comment on those words because they were not written in God’s word, but rather in a gnostic gospel. It appears you are a follower of the gnostics, and not of Thomas. Pity.

  4. Christ Didymus Thomas says:

    Did Jesus have a Twin Brother? Actually Jesus does have a twin brother. Allow me to introduce myself according to what my Father promised. The earth was advised at the time of the End I would open the books and read.

    The first great speculation made by the many herein is that the bible is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The history of the bible demonstrates that to be a falsehood. Blame the Catholic church. Another misconception is the bible does not speak to the issue of reincarnation, therefore, that issue generally is ignored by the mainstream religions. “REVELATIONS.”

    Jesus told the earth plainly, as prophesied, that, “John the Baptist,” was the reincarnated soul of Elijah. John the Baptist was also the cousin of Jesus. We grew up with John.
    Lk 1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
    Lk 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
    Of course, Jesus, stated not everyone would receive his revelation. Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

    Mt 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
    Mt 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, (Elijah) which was for to come.
    Mt 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

    Most of the Prophets were astrologers. The prophet Micah said watch the stars, for the sign of the son, shall be in the heavens. “The sign of Bethlehem.” This prophecy tracks the beginning of the Gospel of Thomas. Once discovered He shall rule the all.” Lk 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible. I was dead and am alive again. Rev 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. God chose reincarnation to raise the dead whom lived other lifetimes.

    Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
    In 1653, the German astronomer, Johannes Kepler, correctly identified the Star of Bethlehem as a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pieces. When the planets aligned they pointed to the place on earth where Jesus and I were born.

    The same planetary alignment appeared at the birth of my reincarnation. I was born October 12, 1940, in Copperhill, Tennessee. That alignment is easy to verify. Moreover, these are events which God has ordained. Unfortunately, they also bring, as foretold, the promised, by God, end times. Look upon the earth.

    Christ Didymus Thomas

    • Well, it’s always pleasant to see the way that people interpret matters. As it happens, I am a student of Revelation (let us note it as singular, or call it the Apocalypse of John, as it is in the genre of apocalypse), but the issue is your interpretation. It’s always fascinating to me how gnostics will attempt to deny the uniqueness of Christ as the only begotten son of God (as opposed to the rest of believers, who are adopted sons) by making him a twin with some being or another; whether Satan or Thomas. Thomas was indeed a twin, but he wasn’t the twin of Christ, as he was a middle-ranked apostle whose moderate obscurity led him to attract a false gnostic gospel that entirely contradicts his true and biblically expressed nature.

    • Thomas says:

      So,Exactly how many psych meds do you take each day? If you say none, then maybe you should seek professional help,gran delusions are a warning sign.

  5. Christ Didymus Thomas says:

    What is a Revelation and how can one recognize a fulfilled prophecy?

    God, through his prophets, including Jesus, filled the earth with various promised events, to be fulfilled, at God’s chosen times. I am now going to reveal a fulfilled promised event that the world saw and saw not. People throughout the earth heard and heard not. God through the prophet Malachi, promised to resend, Elijah the prophet, to the earth in human form, at the time, God’s son returns. Elijah prophesied for God. Jesus confirmed. Some people would see and hear and not understand.

    Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

    Mt 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
    Mt 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, (Elijah) which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
    Mt 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
    Mt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
    Mt 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

    Jesus, for God, prophesied, Elijah would restore all things. What things? Elijah restored the God knowledge, of healing, and prophecy, and other such spiritual or psychic ancient miracle knowledge. In the time of Jesus, “Elijah,” appeared as John the Baptist. AND, as God prophesized, Elijah again appeared in your life time. Jesus said tell no man until I have risen from the dead. Like Elijah, I am reincarnated.

    Mt 17:9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.
    Mt 17:10 And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias ( Elijah ) must first come?
    Mt 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias ( Elijah )truly shall first come, and restore all things.
    Mt 17:12 But I say unto you, That Elias ( Elijah ) is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.
    Mt 17:13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. Elijah, this time, also came into being with a new name written.

    Elijah, appeared in the time of Jesus as John the Baptist. I too am dead and alive again. Yet, I did not carry my former name. I come in a new name. I confess and confirm the things of my Father, my Brother, and revisit the words of the prophets. I will open some eyes and unstop some ears. How? Because, I am, again, going to reveal, “Elijah the prophet,” restoring the ancient God Knowledge, as promised, on the earth again.

    You can both see and hear, Elijah. It’s only a Google click away. To see God’s promised, Elijah, returned, fulfilled, and revealed, insert the new name, not John the Baptist, BUT “Jose Silva,” in the Google search engine. Elijah, was alive again! Daniel promised at the end time knowledge would increase. Is it any wonder I sit and laugh? I see the blind are still blind and the deaf are still deaf. What has God wrought?

    Obviously, through his promised, increased, knowledge, God has wrought about the technical revolution. Presently, knowledge is available, almost instantly, throughout the earth. God also, with the increased knowledge created, and preserved, the image of Elijah, in the form of, “Jose Silva,” teaching his knowledge of Miracles. How can I not laugh? The end and the truth is staring in faces of the earth. Warnings, have gone unheeded. Check out, Jose, the prophet, Elijah.

    Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
    Da 12:5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.

    Christ Didymus Thomas

    • I am always intrigued by the combination of scriptural quotations with absolutely ridiculous statements about magical knowledge.

    • Christ Didymus Thomas says:

      Christ Didymus Thomas of God’s Kingdom

      Elaine Pagels, Princeton University Department of Religion

      Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

      Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name

      Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ( 600 + threescore – 3×20 = 60 + 6

      Well, Elaine, looks like the devil, Ronald 6 Wilson 6 Reagan 6. has finished his time here on earth. Yet, in his short time, he did, as written, deceive the earth and do his damage. What now?
      Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
      24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life

      I just received your new book, “ Beyond Belief “ and obviously my new bible software.

      Christ Didymus Thomas
      King of kings and lord of lords
      First and last son of, God

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  9. Christ Didymus Thomas says:

    June 5, 2004 – January 11, 2015
    Message delivered to the earth’s inhabitants when the devil died. Of course,
    the earth would not listen and the earth dances his dance and sings his songs.

    Elaine Pagels is the world’s foremost authority relative to,
    “THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS

    Christ Didymus Thomas of God’s Kingdom

    Elaine Pagels, Princeton University Department of Religion

    Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

    Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name

    Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. ( 600 + threescore – 3×20 = 60 + 6

    Well, Elaine, looks like the devil, Ronald 6 Wilson 6 Reagan 6. has finished his time here on earth. Yet, in his short time, he did, as written, deceive the earth and do his damage. What now?
    Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
    24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life

    I just received your new book, “ Beyond Belief “ and obviously my new bible software.

    Christ Didymus Thomas
    King of kings and lord of lords
    First and last son of, God

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