In various parts of the United States, you will find African Americans who claim to be the original Israelites of the Bible. They believe after their dispersion from the land of Israel, they came to America via the trans-Atlantic slave trade of the 1600's. There are historical documents showing that some African American slaves have Jewish heritage, but to make the claim that only the descendants of North American slaves are the real Jews is not factual. Deuteronomy 28:68 is one of their main proof texts for their assertions.
“And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, ‘You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.” Deuteronomy 28:68
Please notice that the slaves in this passage were sent to Egypt, not North America. As the slaves arrived no one bought them. However, the slaves of the trans-Atlantic trade were bought and sold. Also notice that in the same 28th chapter of Deuteronomy, it states that they will eat one another while being besieged at their gates and never find rest. North American slaves never had to eat one another and have found rest.
Many Black Hebrew Israelites will metaphorize Deuteronomy 28:68 and say that Egypt means ‘House of Bondage’ and that not being bought means ‘No Redemption’. If their interpretation is true, the curse is still in effect and the descendants of the disobedient Israelites are being cut off and dying without redemption or salvation (House of bondage with no redemption). This Chapter mentions being ‘Destroyed’ six times; Verse 20,24,45,48,51 & 61. This would answer the question ‘Why did the North America Israelites lose their Identity?’
The Black Hebrew Israelites believe Caucasians are the descendants of Esau and refer to them as Edomites. They justify their dislike for Edomites based on scriptures referring to God’s love for Jacob and His hatred for Esau. (Ref. Romans 9:13 & Malachi 1:2-3) However, in the Holy Scriptures, which Black Hebrew Israelites claim to believe, God specifically refers to the Edomites as the brothers of the Israelites.
“You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother…” Deuteronomy 23:7
’Now Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom. “Thus says your brother Israel: ‘You know all the hardship that has befallen us’ Numbers 20:14
(Also see Obadiah 1:8-12)
Anyone who hates the Edomites (Israel’s Brother) will not inherit salvation.
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 1John 3:15
God can hate whoever He wants but He has commanded us to love and forgive our enemies.
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Matthew 5:44
Revelation chapter 5 reveals to us that God will make kings and priests from people of every tribe, tongue and nation. (Ref. Revelation 5:9-10) However, Black Hebrew Israelites believe that Caucasians will be slaves in the kingdom of God. There are no slaves in Christ Jesus according to Galatians 3:28,
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
The extreme views of the Black Hebrew Israelites that God will grant salvation or favor to someone based on their genetic or racial background is in direct contradiction to God’s proclamation in the scriptures that He is no respecter of men but accepts anyone who fears Him.
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts 10:34-35
“And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, Acts 17:26
where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11
The Apostle Paul warns against making genealogies an issue.
But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Titus 3:9
Black Hebrew Israelite teachings have led people to believe that Caucasian Jews of European descent are fake Jews. Israel has always been a multicultural mix race. Joseph married an Egyptian, Moses married an Ethiopian, a mixed multitude came out of Egypt (Exodus 12:38), Rahab the Harlot, Ruth the Moabite, many converts to Judaism from India to Ethiopia during the time of Esther (Esther 1:1 & 8:17), 32,000 Midianite virgins grafted into Israel (Numbers 31:35). God has always accepted converts from any nation including the nations of Europe.
If the Israelites have always been a mixture, why is it hard to believe that there could be white Israelites today?
Doctrines of hate against any group of people are not from God. He has called us to love our enemies.
Jesus died on the cross for all people, rose from the dead on the third day, so that whoever believes in Him and commits their life to Him will have eternal life with the Most High.
And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29
We are saved by grace not by race!
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