Hebrews to negroes is a question, a statement, and an exploration of a lost culture, re-arranged history, confusions of customs identity. Hebrews to negroes is a journey of faith that requires one to question current community political controls and break free from old ways that foster dysfunction, chaos, and economic instability. My Journey of Faith To The African Slave Coast: Reconciling A past Not So Long Ago" is not solely a book about slavery, but a book about the African American experience, American history, Africa's culpability and ultimately how American and the so-called African American can make American Great Again.
“Black Americans now are in a position as never before in modern history to rediscover and reclaim, if they wish, a heritage which has profoundly influenced world history and mankind.”
Steven Jacobs, European Jewish historian, and co-author of The Hebrew Heritage of Black Africa
“When an injustice is severe enough, it will cause even those that want fairness to deny this injustice because to acknowledge the transgression would mean that there must be a recompense.”
Who Are The Hebrews To Negroes
Most of us strive for harmony in our lives, whether we are conscious of it or not. Some of us try to create harmony by taking refuge, building bunkers, and locking out anything that opposes or disrupts our peace. Others seek to restore harmony between warring factions by playing the role of a mediator, but the constant push and pull of ideologies typically end in an agreement to disagree.
Considering the definition above, you cannot restore friendly relations with someone you never enjoyed friendly relations with, in the first place. And building on cracked foundation will only lead to ruin.
The reconciliation I believe is needed now at the end of this 400-year journey is a highly personal endeavor. Each and every one of us must seek the truth, be honest with ourselves, and reconcile history with the present. We cannot continue to simply say, “that was in the past,” or, “let’s move on,” when millions of Hebrews are still suffering from open wounds. My hope is that when we challenge ourselves to face the truth of our past when we open our eyes to see what has led to our present condition, we as a nation will heal. Only then can we go beyond reconciling a relationship that was wrong from the start. Only then can we truly move on.
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”
The conversation of who the so-called African American is has begun. The conversation of reparations has started. Many on the right argue, that this is the last ploy by the democratic left to galvanize the black vote and win the 2020 election. I think all would be wise in seeing the truth in that statement. While many political groups and organization may look to manipulate the emotions of people based on the current state and real historical past transgressions. The conversation about the true identity of African Americans is front and center.
As an artist, I am looking for the truth. Truth is honest, it seeks to understand, find harmony, peace, and solutions. I’m talking artistic truth here. Many people are looking for another type of truth, in this current state. Many are looking for what is now termed “My Truth”.
Is our truth real, an illusion, something cloaked in a self-serving need for validation, and vengeance? Is your truth looking to continue to oppress, dismiss and undermine efforts of pure progress?
Black Hebrew Israelites - Mindset Change?
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.Proverbs 16:32
For those whose brains are not cluttered with society, media, tv, ads, education system indoctrinates us with. You ultimately are looking for and seeking for the same thing. A solid foundation to stand on that will ultimately include acknowledgment of transgressions committed against you, a responsibility to accept our individual shortcomings and ultimately a resolution and reconciliation which is ultimately harmony.
What we are told look for, is often mixing of lies and truth. It’s sometimes full of loud talking people in a crowded room with an entirely different agenda. These organization of chaos is more dangerous than people realize because they enjoy creating chaos Chaos is what they desire to bring balance. A world that says, nothing matters. No standard, no organization, just chaos.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
I love art because this book “My Journey of Faith reconciling a Past Not So Long Ago” is a journey about the Negro in America and our relationship and experience here. Ultimately it is about the impact of this 400-year journey to hear about blind-sighted, ordinary people wandering and finding themselves in new territories and re-arranging themselves to not only survive but thrive.
My artistic truth? I look at it this way: In every one of our lives, there are moments that we can identify with a variety of different beliefs, truths, and reality. But the question is what is the truth, no what you emotionally connect with, but what is the truth. This type of inward journey takes faith and that is what this book is about.
Black People in the Bible
400 Years of Captivity Fulfilled
Is there a Biblical prophetic significance?
Deuteronomy 28:68 King James Version (KJV) says:
“And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.”
As a person of faith and reader of the Bible, I always felt a strong connection to the Israelites of the Old Testament, the bondage they suffered, and their relationship to the Most High God. The stories of David and the book of Psalms were all very real to me. Likewise, even though I’ve never lived in a king’s palace, I could relate to Daniel, who had a position of privilege in a society that was foreign to him. Over the years my Bible studies deepened and extended to extra-Biblical books that helped put those stories in context. I began to see countless similarities to the black experience here in America.
Many believe that no other group of people on earth parallel the historical Biblical Hebrews than so-called African-Americans. Taken from a place in West Africa that earlier maps show as "Negroland," it is documented through DNA that most African-Americans derive from a haplogroup that is distinct from other Africans.
The belief that black Americans are Hamitic in origin was perpetuated by Western Christianity, but research shows that they are in fact Shemetic, descending from the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of the Bible. I will share some of that research in future chapters, but I’ll summarize what most Western Christians have been taught here.
According to the story of Noah in the Biblical book of Genesis, Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and their wives replenished the earth after the flood. Although it is not possible for a white man to produce black offspring, Western Christians have perpetuated the belief that Noah was white, and that his three sons gave birth to three distinct races of people. Over time it has been widely accepted that Shem is the father of the modern-day Jewish people, Ham is the father of the Africans, and Japheth is the father of Caucasian and Asiatic peoples, and all other ethnicities represent various mixtures of the three.
Early versions of the Zondervan Bible Dictionary, however, show a distinction between Negroes and what is known as the African descendants of Ham.
Ham: the youngest son of Noah, born probably about 96 years before the flood; and one of eight persons to live through the flood. He became the progenitor of the dark races; not the Negroes, but the Egyptians, Ethiopians,
Libyans, and Canaanites.
If Japheth represents the origin of Europeans and Ham represents the origin of Africans, this only leaves Shem as the origin of the Negroes or the so-called African Americans.
Could there be more to this celebration? Time will tell! But there is a lot to celebrate!
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (New King James Version (NKJV)
Hebrews To Negroes Why Does It Matter
As it should be clear by now, the conversation of Hebrew ancestry for me weighs heavily in my faith. I’m often asked (and this question is most often posed by Christians), “why does it matter?”
To that, I typically respond with questions of my own.
“If it doesn’t matter, why has such effort been made to conceal this truth? Why does the name of Jesus immediately conjure up the mental image of a white man, when history and geography alone would clearly paint a different picture? Why does the Bible devote so many pages to tracing lineage? And if all of our end times prophecies revolves around Israel, wouldn’t it be important to know who Israel is?”
Spiritually speaking, one’s nationality does not determine his or her salvation. You don’t get a free ride to heaven just because you descend from ancient Israelites.
Politically speaking, I also do not believe we who identify as Hebrews should relocate or otherwise attempt to assert ownership of the physical State of Israel. We have an inheritance, yes. But the Bible is clear that this will be ushered in spiritually, at the time appointed by our Messiah, not through political means.
Does it matter who if they are Negro or Hebrew?
It matters because of the journey that brought the African Descendants of Slavery here to America. It was a unique journey that is not shared by another group here in America. It matters because based on this journey there was a system in place to maintain a level of control over African Descendent of Slavery (ADOS).
I summarized this in the Preface Chapter of My Journey of To The African Slave Coast: Faith Reconciling a past Not So Long Ago. It matters because the self-identity of ADOS is contaminated with confusing dogma, dangerous ritualistic spiritual practices, and customs, a mirroring economic success at any cost.
It matters because this secret has been hidden from African Descendent of Slavery and those they work with, relate to, and base opinions about ADOS based on a confusing history.
This limited history and media control machine have painted African Descendent of Slavery in such a way to contaminate the relationship that African Descendent of Slavery has with every other entity. If it does not matter why has there been such an effort to limit or hide this information?
Possibly this is America's grace period to acknowledge her transgressions against this group of people and bring reconciliation so America can truly become the nation it says it desires to be.
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