The Black Hebrew / Black Israelite Deception

This Revelation 18:4 – Come Out Of Her study focuses the black Hebrew / black Israelite / black Jew movement.

Many people who’ve come out of Christianity have created explanations which seem to make them set-apart from others.  One such movement is the black Hebrew / black Israelite / black Jew movement.

I think that it’s absolutely awesome that black people are embracing Hebrew, the Torah, and returning to the ancient path!  But the verses that they cite to justify Hebrews/Israelites/Jews as being black, are taken out of context.

Below are some of the verses that people are citing to justify their claims:

Song of Solomon 1:5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon

All you have to do is read the next verse and you see why she had a dark complexion, because the sun; she had a dark tan.

Song on Solomon 1:6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept

The Scriptures (ISR) Bible Version reads, I am dark, but lovely, O daughters of Yerushalayim, Like the tents of Qěḏar, Like the curtains of Shelomoh.

Jeremiah 14:2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

If the tribe of Judah was made up of black people, there’s no need to proclaim that they’re black.

Jeremiah 13 is about judgment which has come upon the House of Judah. Jeremiah 14:1 is about the dearth that has come upon them.

Jeremiah 14:2 is saying that they were dressed in black, from head to toe, as a sign of their mourning. People wear black at a funeral for the same reason.

Job 30:30 My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

Do black people go around saying that their skin is black upon them? No!

Job was sick, his body had many ailments, including a fever as his bones were burned with heat; and in verse 28 he said, “I went about blackened, but not by the sun; I stood up in the assembly, I cried for help.”

He’s declaring that he has become black, not because of the sun; but because of his physical infirmities.

The Scriptures (ISR) Bible Version reads, My skin became black upon me, and my bones burned with heat.

The word ‘became’ tells you that he was not black beforehand.

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Just like the garment was said to be as snow, to indicate its whiteness; his hair is said to be like pure wool, again, indicating the whiteness.  It’s not talking about texture. It’s talking about the cleanness of the wool, which makes it bright white.

The Scriptures (ISR) Bible Version reads, I was looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days was seated. His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like clean wool, His throne was flames of fire, its wheels burning fire. 

Daniel 10:6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Polished brass is not black.  Some people use Bible versions which say ‘burnished bronze’ but that too has the appearance of bright brass.

The Scriptures (ISR) Bible Version reads, And his body was like beryl, and his face like the appearance of lightning, and his eyes like torches of fire, and his arms and feet like polished bronze in appearance, and the sound of his words like the sound of a crowd.

Revelation 1:14 And His head and hair were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire.

Once again, the point out that his hair was as wool, but its  saying that his hair is white, and then describes how white it is with the words ‘wool‘ and ‘snow‘.  It’s describing the color, not the texture.

Revelation 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

They say that his feet looked burned, black.  But fine brass is not black, it is shiny brass.  Heating brass up causes it to be red hot, then the process refines the brass, so that it shines.

The Scriptures (ISR) Bible Version reads, And His feet like burnished brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters.

Here’s a burnished brass box.

Burnished brass is not black, it is shiny brass. Here's a burnished brass box.

Revelation 10:1 also describes Messiah, the strong messenger, whose feet are like columns of fire; like brass refined in a furnace.

And I saw another strong messenger coming down from the heaven, robed in a cloud, and a rainbow on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like columns of fire, 

So we can see that Revelation 1:15 is not proclaiming that Messiah’s feet are black, but that they are bright like fire.

I don’t believe that Messiah had a white complexion, but doesn’t mean that He was black.  Most likely he was olive-skinned.

They also cite that the Israelites/Jews were captured and sold a slaves; so they rationalize that they must be black. 

But that ignores the slavery of other races, include that of white people.

What is sad to see is that some of these people who proclaim to be Black Hebrews are proclaiming things that are very racist.  They’re blaming their suppression on white people, and are treating them as a lesser race; and making threats against them.  That certainly is not what Messiah would do.

They may be funded by the enemy, to preach racism and hatred, to cause people to hate those who believe in the Scriptures.

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