This post was written to highlight the excuses that YOU make for not believing us. The “YOU” here are those who are familiar with what we believe and teach, yet reject it. If you are not familiar with what we believe and teach, or if you believe us, then the “YOU” does not refer to you. The purpose of this post is to provoke our gainsayers and detractors to take a closer look at what the scriptures teach on this subject, and to not answer matters before they hear them.
- “Nobody really knows who and where the true children of Israel are today, so we should not be concerned about it.”: The reason that it seems that “nobody really knows” is that very few people care to examine the scriptures on this matter, and out of those who do care, few know where to look in order to find the right answers. Why would the Most High have so much written about the present day children of Israel if He did not intend for us to know who and where they are today? So what is written about them? This LINK will give you a good start.
- “It doesn’t matter who the true children of Israel are today. All that matters is being in the Messiah and following Him.”: While that may sound good and seem right, if we examine the life and mission of the Messiah beginning with the writings of the prophets of old, we will see that his mission was to gather the lost sheep of the house of Yisrael. Click HERE to see the difference that it does makes to know who the true children of Yisrael are today. Click HERE to see why being in the Messiah and following Him is no excuse to neglect this truth.
- “You aren’t the only people in history who have been slaves.”: True. However, it is not slavery in and of itself that validates our claims, but rather it is the uniqueness of our slavery experience in that it has fulfilled biblical prophecy. To read more about why we talk so much about slavery, click HERE.
- “God loves everybody. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.”: While it is true that the Most High is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, what we must realize is this: Yahuah chose one nation of people above all others ( Deut. 7:6; 14:2; Lev. 20:6; Am. 3:2 ) for the purpose of bringing salvation to the sons of Adam worldwide. The coming of Messiah Yahushua did not change this, because the good news of the kingdom of Yahuah is to be brought to the children of Yisrael first, and then to the nations ( Rom. 1:16 ). This is so that the children of Yisrael may fulfill their national calling that they were given in the beginning ( Ex. 19:3-6 ). Therefore, what we are emphasizing here is nationality, not skin color.
- “I don’t believe that the children of Israel were black or white. I believe that they were olive-skinned.”: Where did you get that from? The television set? The movies? Wherever you did get it, you did not get it from the scriptures. Thorough research into ancient history will show you that the people who lived in the so-called Middle East and North Africa in ancient times were considerably darker in skin tone than the people who you see on television who live in those regions today. We have become so brainwashed by the media and hollywood that people would be outraged if Chris Rock were to play the role of George W. Bush, whereas they readily accept Charleton Heston playing Moses, or Richard Gere playing King David. Believe it or not, the scriptures do give us a physical description of the children of Yisrael. HERE is just a small sample of the numerous scriptures that there are on this subject.
- “Those Black Hebrew Israelites have such a bad spirit. How can what they preach and teach be true?”: We agree that the “Black Hebrew Israelites” are not led by the Spirit of Yahuah and do not represent the Messiah of Yisrael, however are suits wrong because the mafia wears them? Can you not find bad apples in any barrel of doctrinal persuasion? What we must understand is that light will draw the children of light, but it will also draw bugs. The Hebrew Roots/Messianic/Natasarim Movement is no different. There are many powerful truths that have been brought forth through that movement, nonetheless, they are not without their own share of bugs. Even David Koresh and Jim Jones preached some truth. It all boils down to this: Prove all things, and hold fast that which is good. The “Black Hebrew Israelites” go off on some tangents that are unscriptural, but their core belief that the majority of the so-called “blacks” in the Americas are the true children of Yisrael is true. Think about it: If there was no truth to cover up, then satan would not work so hard to distort it.
- “The ‘blacks’ in America who claim Israelite heritage don’t have any genealogical or historical records to prove their claims.”: How can a people who has lost their identity produce genealogical an historical “proof”? People demand genealogical and historical “proof” because they don’t have FAITH, which comes by hearing the word of Yahuah. Is biblical prophecy not enough? Do you not know that the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one ( I Jn. 5:19 )? If the scientists, the historians, the media, etc. are not being controlled by the Spirit of Yahuah, then they lie in the power of the wicked one as well. Science and history can come back void, but the word of Yahuah will never come back void. This is why we believe that, while some history and some science are good means of CONFIRMING truth, only the scriptures can ESTABLISH truth.
- “Your belief is too exclusive. We believe that the children of Israel are composed of some black groups, but we also believe that there are groups that are white, and every color in between that compose the 12 tribes as well.” : Believe me when I say that I do not have a thing in the world against the idea of some of the children of Yisrael being white, yellow, or what have you. What I have a problem with is individuals ( as in the case of “two-house” ) and even nations of individuals ( as in the case of “Brit./Am” ) being told that they are the true children of Yisrael, whose forefathers have not fulfilled the biblical prophecies. What I have found is that the euro-centric groups that claim Yisraelite heritage somehow try to squeeze the birthright blessings of Yoseph into a time period where the children of Yisrael are supposed to be perpetually cursed. The perpetual curses of Deuteronomy 28 are rarely spoken of in their teachings. The exclusivity of our belief has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
- “The children of Israel was and is a ‘coat of many colors”, and therefore were and are a multi-colored nation, not just ‘black’.” Every nation of people on this earth has a basic phenotype, or physical appearance, that sets them apart from all other nations. There is a predominant phenotype for each nation, and there are variations. The Chinese, for example, are a primarily yellow nation although there are Chinese people that are white and brown. Why must the children of Yisrael be any different? It would be foolish to say that there is no variations in their phenotype due to SOME mixing with the nations, but where is the iron-clad proof that there is not one basic phenotype that would set them apart from the other nations? One thing that confuses people is how the mixed multitude from Egypt came out of Egypt with the children of Yisrael. The euro-centric assumption, however, is that the Yisraelites and the Egyptians differed significantly in their phenotypes. The scriptures prove otherwise ( Gen. 50:11; Ex. 2:19; Lev. 13:31, 37; Jdg. 16:13, 19; Lam. 4:8; 5:10; Acts 21:38 ). Also, the Roman historian Tacitus in 110 C.E. said, concerning the children of Yahudah of his day, “Many, again, say that they were a race of Ethiopian origin, who in the time of king Cepheus were driven by fear and hatred of their neighbors to seek a new dwelling-place.” Is Ethiopia a “coat of many colors” ( Jer. 13:23 )? Are they not, and have they not always been a “black” nation?
- “We believe that the seed of Israel was scattered into all nations, therefore they can no longer be identified by their physical appearance because of their mixing among the nations throughout history.” While this may seem to be true because of the popular idea that the children of Yisrael are physically “lost”, nevertheless this belief is built upon a HUGE assumption. The assumption is that when the children of Yisrael were scattered among the nations, they mingled their seed with the other nations to the point of mixing out their phenotype everywhere they went. Many do not realize how much of a serious “roll of the dice” that this theory presents. One major factor seems to always be left out when this subject is discussed, and that is the curse of social rejection ( Deut. 28:37; Lev. 26:33-45; Ezek. 39:23-29; Jer. 23:40; Joel 2:19; Zeph. 3:19 ) which will be upon the children of Yisrael perpetually until they collectively repent ( Deut. 28:45, 46 ). A despised, rejected minority has tremendous barriers to cross in order to mingle their seed with those in the majority. For example, in our country, “blacks” have historically been a socially rejected minority. Whether or not you believe that the so-called “blacks” are the children of Yisrael, you have to admit that although there has been some mixing over the past 400 years, the barriers are still too strong for them to “mix themselves out.” The truth of the matter is that although some mixing has taken place over the centuries, because of the curse of social rejection, the children of Yisrael could not have “mixed themselves out” even if they wanted to.