Why Do You Still Use The Term “Captivity” Today?

Posted on 09/19/2014


Why do you still use the term “captivity” today?  “Blacks” are no longer slaves in this country, and are free to come and go as they please.  This is a fair question, seeing that there are relatively few places in the world today where slavery is being practiced to such a degree that people are being held against their will.  What we must do with this subject, however, is make sure that we are seeing things from the perspective of the Most High and not from our own human perspective.

So, from the perspective of Yahuah, what is going to take place in the future throughout the entire world?  Let us get in the Word and see:

“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither Yahuah thy Mighty One hath driven thee, and shalt return unto Yahuah thy Mighty One, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; that then Yahuah thy Mighty One will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither Yahuah thy Mighty One hath scattered thee.”  ( Deut. 30:1-3 )

“For, lo, the days come, saith Yahuah, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Yahuah: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” ( Jer. 30:3 )

“And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.  According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.  Therefore thus saith the Master Yahuah; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my set-apart name;” ( Ezek. 39:23-25 )

Here are three clear examples of the Most High turning/bringing again the captivity of Yashar’al/”Israel” and Yahudah/”Judah” in the future.  This time period is referred to in the Scriptures as the “time of Jacob’s trouble” ( Jer. 30:7 ), or what is understood in modern terms as the “great tribulation”.  Yahusha said that this time will be worse than any time before it, or after it ( Matt. 24:21 )  Perhaps during this time period, there will be captivity-like conditions imposed upon the children of Yashar’al/”Israel”, but either way it goes, we see from the reference above in Ezek. 39 that the Most High sees the captivity as one fluid experience.  If you follow the passage, He said they went into captivity, and that he will bring again their captivity.  We do not see Him switching terms and limiting the experience to something lighter, like exile, or diaspora, etc.

I bring this out because some are troubled with our usage of the word “captivity” to describe the circumstances of the children of Yashar’al/”Israel” today.  Here in the United States, because we are not literally enslaved, and we have the freedom to leave if we would like, it would seem from a human perspective that the captivity is over with.  When we search the Scriptures on this matter, however, what we find is that Yahuah does not consider the “captivity” to be turned or brought again until the end when the Messiah comes.

Another thing to consider is this:  Since the Emancipation Proclamation was declared in 1863, this country still continued to impose captivity-like conditions upon many of the children of Yashar’al/”Israel”, and they continue to do so up to this day.  After the Civil War, the country experienced what is called the Reconstruction of the southern states.  Freed slaves were given many freedoms and privileges from the federal government while the ex-slave-masters were greatly humiliated.  The federal government later betrayed the ex-slaves by removing these reforms imposed upon the South and allowed the Southerners to run their own affairs.  This caused a severe backlash against the former slaves, which resulted in what we know today as “Jim Crow Laws”.

During this time, the Ku Klux Klan gained much strength in the South, and there were many burnings, lynchings, and false imprisonments.  There was also the sharecropping system that was imposed upon the former slaves which caused them to accumulate so much debt that they would spend the rest of their lives working it off, and were, for all practical purposes, enslaved.

Today, the large prison corporations place demands on the government to always maintain a high occupancy rate in order that they may produce goods for corporations for a labor cost of pennies on the dollar.  This puts pressure on the government to imprison people who should not be imprisoned.  Many of the children of Yashar’al/”Israel” are given harsher punishments for the same crimes that other nations commit, and they are scared into going to prison on plea bargains in order to avoid harsher sentences.  This continuation of captivity-like conditions in this country was foretold by the Scriptures:

“Thus saith Yahuah of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.”  ( Jer. 50:33 )

In conclusion, I will say that whether conditions return to a literal captivity in the time of “Jacob’s trouble” or not, we, the children of Yashar’al/”Israel” in the world today are still in the lands of our captivity, and according to the Scriptures, have yet to have our captivity turned/brought back. For a further explanation of why the term “captivity” is necessary, see our post entitled, The Children Of The Captivity.