Apocalypse Now and the Book of Eli


by Katherine Frisk


Solara: You know, you say you’ve been walking for thirty years, right?

Eli: Right?

Solara: Have you ever thought that maybe you were lost?

Eli: Nope.

Solara: Well, how do you know that you’re walking in the right direction?

Eli: I walk by faith, not by sight.

Solara: [sighs] What does that mean?

Eli: It means that you know something even if you don’t know something.

Solara: That doesn’t make any sense.

Eli: It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s faith, it’s faith. It’s the flower of light in the field of darkness that’s giving me the strength to carry on. You understand?

Solara: Is that from your book?

Eli: No, it’s, uh, Johnny Cash, Live at Folsom Prison.




My neighbour is a great cook. On the odd occasion he invites me over on a Sunday afternoon for a potjie.

This is a huge iron pot put over the coals of a fire, cooked for at least three to four hours and can be any kind of stew you could possibly think up.

The larger the pot the better because there will be at least three meals worth and with each reheating, it only tastes better and better. The pot is usually left out in the open with the lid on top. The next evening the coals are relite.

Once all the chopping and spices and sources had been added we had four hours to kill. Or four days depending on how you like it. He has a collection of DVD movies. Real “skop, skit en donner” stuff.  That is “kick, shoot and beat up.”

Most of them you would have to pay me to watch, but he insisted that he did actually have other movies not of the fast and furious type. So I glanced through them not hoping for the best, expecting the worst and for the life of me, I do not know why, but I pulled out The Book Of Eli.

I think it was Denzel Washington on the front, I am a sucker for Denzel, even though it was another skop, skit en donner! The good cook just smiled.




As many of you know, I am on a treasure hunt. Though some would not regard it that way. I am looking for a lost text.

But maybe it is not lost at all. Maybe it is right in front of me and I am just blind and cannot see it. Those who do have eyes to see are often blinder than those who rely on sound, on the word, to get their bearings.

On the 19th of April I wrote : Anti Christ Rising in the Nagorno-Karabakh. I also said: “IF I am right, … and I do believe that at the very least I am on the right track… well, … you know what the implications of this are.”

Ol Denzel, you know what he say?

“It means that you know something even if you don’t know something.” Oookay.

You know what he also said?

“…it told me that a path would be laid out before me, that I’d be led to a place where the book would be safe.”

So I go and look up Eli, I have a very vague memory of who he was. Not one of those prophets that sticks out at you does he? According to wikipedia:

Eli is the high priest of Shiloh, the second-to-last Israelite judge (succeeded only by Samuel – see 1 Samuel 7:15) before the rule of the kings, therefore, the Shiloh tradition will become an old and lost tradition that when the prophet Jeremiah comes on the scene in the history of God’s people, he will seek to renew and to bring back the way of the Shiloh tradition to the people of Israel because the kings have become wicked and defiled the temple and tradition of God.



The tradition of Shiloh was begun by Joshua when he parted the waters of the Jordan River and led the people into the promised land.


He established the twelve tribes into a federation and a nation known as Israel, which was governed by a judiciary and where one of the first judges was a woman called Deborah. He then dedicated the people to the law and installed the Ark at the capital Shiloh.

The sceptre passed from Judah when Shiloh came.

During the time of Samuel, the people broke the Covenant and demanded a king to rule over them. A political system which was seen as a betrayal of God. See 1 Samuel 8, where he tried to warn them. As Eli says, we always have choice. This resulted in a split in the nation between the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judea.

After the Assyrian invasion of the Northern Kingdom the Hebrews fled south into Judea where they were treated as slaves and persecuted. Jeremiah fails to return Israel back to the Shiloh tradition, again they had a choice. Thereafter the Hebrews flee to Egypt to escape slavery while the Judeans are invaded by the Assyrians and are enslaved themselves and taken to Babylon. Jeremiah 34.

The sceptre passed from Judah when Shiloh came in the mouth of Jeremiah. But this time not as a new nation but as a consequence of the choice they had made when they persecuted Jeremiah and rejected his teachings. 

In the 1st century A.D., another Joshua who is Baptised in the river Jordan comes to bring about the New Kingdom and a restoration of the Shiloh tradition and the law. Like Jeremiah before him, he warns against the wicked Herod Kings and the defiled temple, and their coming destruction. They had a choice. He is mockingly called the “King of the Jews,”is falsely accused, undergoes a mistrial with no witnesses to speak on his behalf and is murdered in the Gehenna Valley.

By 70 A.D. the temple and Judea lay in ruins. The sceptre passed from Judah when Shiloh came, and again there was destruction as a consequence of the choice they had made when they persecuted Jesus and rejected his teachings.  


The Book of Eli


Biblical texts can be used and abused for all the wrong reasons and not the right ones. Certain texts can be selected and repeated over and over again, while others are ignored and the full story is not seen in context.

We have a choice as to the passages we choose to read and pay attention to. Texts can also be tampered with, altered and changed to suit the current political climate of the day. As the script goes:

Carnegie: [to his men] Put a crew together, we’re going after him.

Redridge: For a fu$kin’ book?

Carnegie: IT’S NOT A FUCKIN’ BOOK! IT’S A WEAPON! A weapon aimed right at the hearts and minds of the weak and the desperate. It will give us control of them. If we want to rule more than one small, fu$kin’ town, we have to have it. People will come from all over, they’ll do exactly what I tell ’em if the words are from the book. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again. All we need is that book.

Here is a prime example. Paul was a Sadducee with Roman citizenship as were the Herod Kings.  His first allegiance was to Rome.His first book is called Romans.

Jesus was not a Christian, he was a Hebrew. Something most people today tend to ignore. He was circumcised, taught in the Synagogue, celebrated the Sabbath and the Passover.

James the Righteous, the first Bishop of the Christian church, was the brother of Jesus. Read the General Epistle of James. It starts:

“James a servant of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad. … But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed”.

The opening line is very revealing . He acknowledges Joshua/ Yeshua/ Jesus as the Lord and the leader of the twelve tribes. He includes them all. He does not talk in terms of only the “Jews,”ie the tribe of Judah, who today will tell you that they are lost forever. All twelve tribes scattered around the world are addressed.

The main bone of contention between James and Paul was not necessarily circumcision. But rather the implications behind it. By being circumcised you dedicated yourself to the law, to Righteousness. You became a keeper of the law. And this in turn has political implications.

Neither the Sadducee’s nor the Romans believed in having a defense, to have witnesses to speak on your behalf. Rather they had trial by ordeal. As was the trial of Jesus. Even today the Vatican law courts are trial by ordeal as are CIA black sites where you can be tortured without due process or a defense.

Nicodemus has the same argument with the Pharisees who disparaging refer to him as being a Galilean because he asks them about the law which entitles a person to have witnesses and a hearing.

Take this even further and what you have is a totalitarian state, as was the Roman Empire and every totalitarian state thereafter where people are murdered, used as slaves, arrested, beaten up with no recourse to the law. Civil rights and human rights are non existent. Circumcision is the equivalent of a vow to keep the laws. Due process.

As an example of where Paul stands on the issue read Romans 13, where he advocates that everyone must submit to the authorities in power, and that their authority comes from God, not from the law. This gives the authority in power the freedom to persecute anyone that they wish on a whim by claiming a divine right.

Also read Galatians 5:4 where he says that if you seek to be justified by way of the law, you put yourself outside of God’s grace and you are cut off from Christ. Tell that to anyone throughout history who has lived in a dictatorship state where the law has been abandoned and the authorities in power can do what they wish and where they have quoted Paul in order to to justify their criminality. Where there is detention without trial, torture and genocide. I do not have enough fingers to count such leaders in the last 100 years.

Russia under Stalin. Spain under Franco. Germany under Hitler. Italy under Mussolini. China under Mao. Chile under Pinochet. Argentina under Videla. Uganda under Idi Amin. Saudi Arabia under the House of Saud. Israel under Bibi. Zimbabwe under Mugabe. Turkey under Erdogan… the list goes on and on and everywhere there is bloodshed and suffering.

These are the verses that someone like Carnegie would use to his advantage.

Now compare it to Matthew 5 : 17 – 20 where he says

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

The disagreements between James The Righteous and Paul involve a lot more than a bit of foreskin. They involve the Judiciary, Righteousness and Justice for all. Not justice for only some and no justice for others, divine rights for some and no divine rights for others.

We have seen this on a regular basis in the last few years with the criminality of the banking system and those who are considered too big to fail, all at the taxpayers’ expense where funds that should have gone to the benefit of the tax payers have lined the pockets of the bankers. There is no rule of law anymore and the Judiciary has been taken over by Satanists who protect their own friends while at the same time convicting large segments of the population to life in prison for petty crimes.

This would suit Carnegie well.

Interesting to note is that when St. Patrick went to Ireland, they read the Old Testament, celebrated the Sabbath and the Passover.  As did most Gaelic countries. England converted to Christianity long before Rome did.  It was only in about 700 A.D. that Ireland was brought into line with Rome and the Old Testament was abandoned. Most people could not read and did not understand Latin.

During the Protestant Reformation the texts were translated into other languages and with the printing press the Bible became one of the first books that most people read.

Rome was beginning to lose her stranglehold on Christianity. Due process and a trial with witnesses started to become part and parcel of the legal system, something it had not been since the beginning of the Inquisition when people were subjected to trial by ordeal, sentenced and then burnt at the stake by the authorities in power with God given divine rights.

Consider Jeremiah 33 which suggests knowing you rights under the law:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord




In the 21st century, we sit on the brink of World War 3 and an Apocalypse, as Denzel lived through in The Book of Eli when he wandered through the wilderness.

Our kings of industry and the banking system have become wicked, while synagogues, churches and mosques are defiled. The Middle East sits on a bed of weaponry that includes nuclear missiles, whilst Daesh/ ISIL supported by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, the US/CIA, France and Britain have run rampant across Libya, Iraq and Syria in a barbarism that although it is very well depicted in the movie, is nowhere near the horrific reality on the ground. Syrian President Assad according to them, “Must Go!” because of the Ba’ath party’s human rights abuses.

Daesh/ISIL Human Rights Abuses Syria and Iraq. Crucifixion of Orthodox Christians. Mass Genocide. Beheadings. Mass Assassination in Palmyra by teenage converts.



Isaiah 17 is a replay of the destruction we now see in Damascus, which is referred to by the prophet as Israel itself, and Ephraim, the firstborn and the grandfather of Joshua. The persecution of the Palestinians on the West Bank and the Gaza strip is a replay of the times of Jeremiah, a replay of the first century A.D. and a replay of the words of Jesus warning of a coming destruction. You can almost hear them calling out from the past and into the future. Their warnings were dire.

But there is always choice.

Like Joshua, Jeremiah and Yeshua before him, Eli is a keeper of the law. He spends 30 years of his life going west until he crosses the San Francisco Bay and finds a safe haven where his book can be recorded and preserved. And another Deborah, Judge of Israel is born. And a woman shall compass a man. 


There is no lost text. I always had it with me. I only had to choose to cross the river Jordan and go to Shiloh.

Katherine Frisk is a freelance writer, political commentator, activist and the author of Jesus Was A Palestinian



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