Black Hebrew Israelite Movement Examined
By: Jonathan Hoegle
The Black Hebrew Israelites consider themselves — and not mainstream Jews — to be the true descendants of the ancient Israelites. They teach that modern Jews are Edomites that hijacked Judaism from blacks. “Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs are a mirror image of the white supremacist nominally Christian Identity religion, which holds that northern Europeans, not Jews, as God’s true chosen people. Both see Jews as the spawn of Satan and accuse them of secretly controlling society by Machiavellian string-pulling. Tom Metzger, the notorious leader of the White Aryan Resistance, has said, “They’re the black counterpart of us (2).”” So with this in mind, it is clear that the Black Hebrew Israelite movement is very anti-Semitic, as they not only deny the bloodline of the true Jews, but they often demonize the Jewish race, and are frequently seen praising Hitler for the holocaust. It is completely idiotic that they would think highly of a man who believed in the principles of eugenics which taught that the black race was inferior and towards the bottom of societies totem pole of the racial hierarchy. Yet, because of their hatred for the true Jews, they seem to ignore this fact. Ultimately, what the more radical Black Hebrew Israelites are advocating is a demonically inspired genocide of the Jewish race, much like many of the neo-Nazis of today desire.
“Extremist Hebrew Israelites have a long, strange list of enemies. At the top of the list are white people, who they preach are descended from a race of red, hairy beings, known as Edomites, who were spawned by Esau, the twin brother of Jacob (later known as Israel) in the Old Testament. Equally hated are “fraudulent” Jews, “the synagogue of Satan.” They’re closely followed in no particular order by Asians, promiscuous black women, abortionists, continental Africans (who, according to the extremist Israelites, sold the lost tribes of Israel, who were black, to European slave traders), and gay people, who according to extremist Israelites should all be put to death (3).”
The origins of Black Hebrew Israelite movement had its roots in Black Judaism, a belief system that evolved out of the black Pentecostal “holiness” movement. One of the first groups of Black Hebrews, the Church of God and Saints of Christ, was founded in 1896 by William Saunders Crowdy. “He claimed to have a divine revelation from God that told him that America’s recently emancipated slaves were God’s chosen people, the true Hebrews. According to Black Judaism doctrine, when the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed, the Israelites were first scattered across the African continent and then selectively targeted by enemy African tribes who captured and sold them to European slave traders for bondage in the New World.
“It’s a common myth that slaves were randomly shackled up and carried off to slavery,” “General Yahanna,” leader of the present-day Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, told the Intelligence Report. Actually, “Slave traders sailed for months and days to get to specific pickup points. They knew what people they were taking — specifically, the lost tribes of Israel.”
Black Judaism leaders preached self-empowerment and economic independence, an early form of black nationalism that was foundational for later groups like the Nation of Islam. Their rhetoric, emphasizing the biblical theme of an oppressed nation being led to a promised land, informed black activist thought right up through the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr (4).”
The Black Hebrew Israelites of New York City, lists the following correspondences between the ancient twelve tribes of Israel and modern-day inhabitants of the western hemisphere:
Ruben = Seminole Indians (Muskogee)
Simeon = Dominicans of Hispanola
Levi = Haitians Judah = African Americans
Dan = Cubans
Naphtali = Argentineans & Chileans
Gad = Native Americans
Asher = Incas
Issachar = Aztec Indians and other Mexicans
Zebulon = Mayan Indians and other inhabitants of countries from Guatemala to Panama.
Ephraim & Manasseh = Taino & Boriqua Indians and other Puerto Ricans
Benjamin = Carribe, Cibao, Arrowack, and other inhabitants of Guyana and the West Indies
Many of the Black Hebrew Israelite groups practice polygamy and have cult like leaders that are driven by narcissism. These self-obsessed leaders have an unyiedling arrogance about them, and love to give themselves large majestic titles while holding a despotic like power over their congregation. The Black Hebrew Israelites are a very confrontational group, that often spread their messages in major cities and condemn others for different views. Generally they do not like to hear their views challenged, as they only want their own voice to be heard . During the Christmas season they are known to burn effigies of the Virgin Mary and Santa Claus in the neighborhood to get a lot of attention from the public.
They believe in using extra biblical writings to support their ideas, such as Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (meaning literally “false writings”). Although remarkably, the only Bible they use is the King James Version. There is not a universal consensus on doctrinal matters, but the following teachings are quite popular within the Church. They teach that the true name of God is Yah, and that it is only through this name that man can be saved. They deny the divinity of Jesus saying that he was born from Joseph and Mary, and therefore was not God. They teach that it is necessary to keep the Sabbath and observe various Jewish laws. They believe hell is a metaphor and not a literal place that people go and suffer. They teach that we are in the Caucasian heaven right now. As aforementioned, they teach that black people are the true decedents of the tribe of Judah. They say many of the popular people in history were black, including Pharaoh, certain Roman emperors, King James of England, and even Jesus himself was black. In fact, they proclaim that the white race came into an existence from Esau who was a black albino. White people are seen as conspirators who attempt to persecute the black people and hide their true identity as Israelites. Many Black Hebrew Israelites see white people as almost subhuman. The Hebrew Israelites have some interesting views regarding the end times or eschatology. According to many of them, Luke 21:24 with its reference to the “times of the Gentiles” is actually a reference to the times of the Europeans. When the Messiah returns, all Israel (meaning black people) will be gathered back to the promised land near Israel of today.
Their main message is of a coming apocalyptic like event that involves a God ordained race war in which the roles of the past will be reversed! They say that the white man will be left picking cotton in the black man’s fields. They compare their current experiences in America like the Jews who were held in bondage in ancient Egypt for hundreds of years. They believe that God will restore them to a status very much like Israel’s former glory days when all was flourishing in the Promised Land.
In fact, the former head of the Israelite Church of God and Jesus Christ, which is one of the main churches in the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, falsely prophesied that in the year 2000 that Jesus would return to the Earth and unleash bloody vengeance on the white race. When the prophecy of this key leader failed to materialize, a magnetic young leader by the name of Jermaine Grant an R&B singer became the churches new spokesman and High Priest. He was given the title of the comforter, declaring himself to be the “Holy Spirit” made flesh. Much of the image being portrayed by the church is a facade, as the expensive buses that the High Priest rides in to make him look like a superstar, are rented. It has been said that Grant enforces mandatory tithes and general offerings from his followers while reportedly demanding an additional $25 per attendee for a “High Priest offering.” The church is essentially exploiting the poor black man while teaching him absolutely heretical theology.
“In order to even attend one of these mysterious church services you have to go through an intimidating screening process first. First, there’s the question of skin tone; those with European ancestry need not apply. Others — and, lately, Hebrew Israelites have come to include West Indians, Latin Americans, and American Indians as brother “Hebrews” — may approach security for entry. Any stranger must meet certain strict conditions. You must promise the guards that you are “clean” — that you haven’t eaten pork or had sex in the prior 24 hours. You must explain how you learned about the church and why you’ve chosen to attend. You must assure guards that you’re not a law enforcement officer or a spy from a rival Hebrew Israelite group, and then you have to give up your photo identification. Any recording device will be confiscated during an aggressive pat down search carried out by the guards.
The black Jesus theory being promulgated by the Black Hebrew Israelites is intended to provoke racial tension. It is one of the most researched topics over the internet. People that are so focused on the skin color of Jesus miss the entire point of his ministry, which was to bring salvation to the entire human race. We must remember that God is a spirit, though he came in the flesh, the flesh is not what defines him. The Black Hebrew Israelites cannot accept the historical records, but need to have a black Messiah, black Santa Claus, black angels, black Madonna, etc. The Bible is against making images that portray our savior, as the Bible states in Deuteronomy 5:8, “Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:”
The Physical Appearance of Jesus Christ
Since we don’t have a time machine, we will have to look at the evidence from the Bible, and historical records to see what it teaches about Jesus physical appearance.
The Bible says in the Song Solomon 5:10, ” My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.”
Jewish commentators remark that he who is elsewhere called “the Ancient of Days” . Perhaps, the scriptures are implying that Jesus has a white complexion with reddish hair.
The Bible also says in Isaiah 53:2-3 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”
Their isn’t a lot of information concerning the apperance of Jesus in the Bible. So the scriptures do not give us a real clear picture of what Jesus looked like, but we do know the popular paintings of him with physical beauty and long hair are inaccurate. In 1 Corinthians 11:14, Paul wrote, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” It’s quite unthinkable that Paul would have made such a statement if Jesus Christ had long hair.
Despite, the scriptures silence on the skin color of Jesus, there is significant evidence to suggest Jesus had an olive skin tone like the vast majority of people that live in the middle East today. Remember that Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers who Jesus was because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. So clearly he looked similar to the typical Palestinian man of that era. The ethnic and racial composition of Israel is Syrian. This fact was to be confessed concerning Jacob in Deuteronomy 26:5: “And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.” A Syrian ready to perish, identifies the skin color of Jacob and all Israelites as being olive. There is a definite distinction between the Black-Hamatic African race and the lighter skinned-Semite-Syrian race. A family of Syrian blood is pictured below with light skin.
Since Jesus was a descendant of King David who we know from the book of Samuel was a fair looking red head, we should expect Jesus to have a lighter skin color, as racial miscegenation was strongly discouraged in Israel. However, because of the hot and arid climate of the Middle East, Jesus was probably very tan. Using paintings of Jesus to determine his physical appearance is totally subjective to the painter, though the earliest pictures of Jesus, do show him with short brown hair, brown eyes and lighter skin. So those who are proposing that Jesus was black are clearly in error, as they are making this claim without any shred of evidence to support their position.
We know Moses was light skinned also because when he did the miracle before Pharaoh where he stuck his hand in his breast and pulled it out, it was leprous as snow (Exodus 4:6). If Moses had been a Black man and he pulled out his hand, the leprosy would still be black. The whole leprous hand miracle of Moses was not to show the Egyptian king that God had the power to change a person’s race color, but rather the healing miracle power of Almighty God. Moses then, a descendant of Israel, was of the Syrian bloodline, and was not an African Black man.
The True Culprit Behind the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement
What the Black Hebrew Israelites fail to realize is that it’s the Jesuits who are behind their movement. Much of the Anti-Semitism in the world today is the result of propaganda being spread by the Jesuits, secret societies, think tanks, etc., that shift the light away from themselves towards the Jews. Why you may ask? Well, the Jesuits hate the Jews because they believe in a rival system contrary to the pagan Catholic Church. The Catholic Church teaches replacement theology, which states that God has forever abandoned the Jews and has replaced them with the Catholic Church. That is why the Catholic Church has always had its eyes on capturing Jerusalem, and even used the mass slaughtering of the Jews during the Holocaust to achieve its goal. Most people don’t realize that Hitler signed a concordat with Pope Pius XI in 1933 to annihilate the Jews. So with these facts in mind, now you know why the Jesuits would want the black population to embrace Anti-Semitism. So they can do the bidding of Rome, and then later be destroyed themselves. However, there is another purpose the Jesuits can use this movement for, which is to destroy the American republic once in for all. The Jesuits despise the American constitution because it grants people the ability to chose their own religion. The Jesuits want another Dark Age in which a Satanic religion will be enforced by a fascist papal obeying Jesuit controlled leader. So what better way to achieve this end by fomenting a race war. So the black American by embracing this lie of the Jews not being real Jews, are effectively helping carrying out the agenda of Rome.
The Black Nationalist concept of Judaism is in many ways similar to Black Liberation Theology and the Nation of Islam of whom Malcolm X the legendary black activist was involved with. Malcolm X was an avowed racist who taught that white people were a race of devils, and proclaimed the following: ” I’m not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it’s time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you’re a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you’re educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you’re going to catch hell just like I am. We’re all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell from the same man. He just happens to be a white man. All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man….If we don’t do something real soon, I think you’ll have to agree that we’re going to be forced either to use the ballot or the bullet. It isn’t that time is running out — time has run out!….Don’t let anybody tell you anything about the odds being against you. If they draft you, they send you to Korea and make you face 800 million Chinese. If you can be brave over there, you can be brave right here. These odds aren’t as great as those odds. And if you fight here, you will at least know what you’re fighting for…. Well, I am one who doesn’t believe in deluding myself. I’m not going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my plate, and call myself a diner. Sitting at the table doesn’t make you a diner, unless you eat some of what’s on that plate. Being here in America doesn’t make you an American…. No I’m not an American, I’m one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. “We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.” So, I’m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver — no, not I. I’m speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare (5).”
What Malcolm X taught is similar to what Eric Jon Phelps teaches that races should be separated. Phelps teaches this based on the principle that God created the different races with various languages, and split them up at the tower of Babel, and so that is how he believes it should remain. Phelps suggests that Americans should create a new white nation called Pro-Baptical and that blacks should do the same. Yet, the Bible teaches in Galatians 3:28, ” There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Black Liberation Theology
Another popular teaching amongst the black Christian community is black liberation theology. This is the theology that was taught to Barack Obama when he attended Jeremiah Wright’s Church in Chicago Illinois. Cone a major supporter of black liberation theology described it as follows: “Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love…. There is no use for a God who loves white oppressors the same as oppressed blacks. We have had too much of white love, the love that tells blacks to turn the other cheek and go the second mile…. Black hatred is the black man’s strong aversion to white society. No black man living in white America can escape it… While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism.(6).” Thus Black Liberation Theology perverts the gospel of Christ, the God of peace and love, turns into a God of their own construction, a God of hate and revenge, who is hell bent on political and social change at any cost and who supports the black man’s hatred of the white race and their need for revenge.
So in conclusion, we can see that these theories and ideas being spread throughout the black community are not only completely fraudulent but they are very dangerous ideas as well. They are meant to incite racism and especially hatred towards the true Jewish bloodline. My fellow brothers in Christ that are black, do not blame the white race for your problems, if you lived in all black country like Africa would you be better off? Regardless of skin color we are all one in the body of Christ, and so we must look at each other in love and not hatred, like Jesus Christ taught us to.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:2-6, “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
(6) Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology”, in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, by William R Jones, ed Cornel West and Eddie Glaube (Westminster John Knox Press).