This essay is directed toward persons who are of black African descent and toward all observant Jews and Christians. If you don't fall into these categories, that's fine and it's okay if you comment, but for you, the premises on which this essay is based don't apply.
We watch as set after set after set of black Americans blunder short-sightedly, most recently in Ferguson, MO, and in nearby St. Louis and it gives me one basic feeling. Fatigue.
I am tired. Tired of the stupid stuff. Tired of the desire for Selbstmord. That last word is German for 'suicide,' and, to me, since I occasionally think in German, it is more descriptive of what I have in mind: not personal suicide, nor even group suicide. Selbstmord connotes--at least in my mind--the psychosis behind following after those who would help your death along and the demonization of those who want to save you--even those of your own number who don't want to follow you into oblivion.
Like many others, I’ve considered the perennial plight of black African-descended persons and occasionally wondered whether it is due to some defect in our nature or plain old "bad luck." But, I refuse to believe that God assigns differing potential IQs for different ethnic groups and I don't believe in luck. However, if those notions are discounted, then what is left?
A proper perspective; it’s difficult thing to gain, for many reasons. When considering the truth of a matter, perspectives can take many sizes, shapes, and agendas; some straight, some skewed; others -centric, -phobic, or -supremacist; still others too large or too narrow.
But what about spiritual perspective? Why do we--especially we who are Christians--not view the plight of black African-descended persons from a biblical perspective, especially considering that black persons are specifically mentioned in the Bible?
Answer: because we don't want to. We Christians tend to ignore what God says about black persons in the Bible, and we do so out of two emotions which God says are sins: pride and fear. Well, I'm tired of both of those emotions, in myself and in others, so, Christians, let's walk in truth, without fear and with humility. If we believe that the Bible contains narratives which are true, let's face them and let's walk in that truth.
What the Bible Says
The plight of black people is documented in the book of Genesis and that plight is the result of the disobedience of two of our forefathers--and the consequences of that disobedience have lasted for four thousand years.
If we accept that the sons of Noah were the first to be separated by race and that Ham is the father of the black race, we have but to read and comprehend. So let's read first.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:21 And he drank of the wine and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his brethren without.23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim and Phut, and Canaan.7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Haviah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sathchah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech, and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime they had for morter.4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of the earth.
From these passages, and from what we know of the subsequent history of Africa and black African-descended persons, we can only conclude that black people were scattered on purpose. The whole reason that Nimrod built the Tower was to keep his people from being scattered--in direct disobedience to God. So when God confounded their languages, they ended up being scattered anyway and remain so up until today. And every misfortune, every curse, which has befallen black people as a whole is a result of that disobedience in one form or another. We have never wanted to admit this. But if we are indeed the children of Ham, how can we look at the last four millennia of African history and the history of African-descended persons on other continents and believe otherwise?
Are we cursed via the curse of Canaan? Yes. But the curse of Canaan affects only a small portion of Ham’s descendents—he had other children, as mentioned. However, we are largely cursed through this means, this act of pride and hubris from Ham’s grandson, Nimrod, whose name means ‘rebel.’ The Bible history of black African-descended persons explicitly spells out the terms of the Canaanite curse and the terms of the Babel curse are implied: the scattering.
I submit that any black African or anyone of black African descent who is not covered by the atoning blood of Jesus the Christ is still under the terms of the Babel scattering and the Canaanite curse and will still feel the battering of them.
Through the Babel scattering, the entire earth began to speak in different languages, but, in my opinion, the brunt of it fell on Nimrod’s people. One look at the hundreds of languages existing on the African continent makes that plain. If God blesses a people, can He not curse them? To deny the latter is to deny many other Biblically-recorded blessings and curses by God upon other peoples.
God, being merciful, decided to take the terms and effects of these curses and use them to provide the opportunity to lift the curses on some of us by showing us how to be saved. He did this by allowing us to go into captivity into two areas of Christianity: Europe and North America. It is in both of those places that many of our ancestors first heard the Gospel, believed it, accepted it, and relied upon it; and, conversely, it is how we were rescued from the curses and the main snare of the Enemy: idolatry—the chief form of which is known as Islam.
Most black people, even those who say they are Christians, don’t want to look too far back into the dismal history of our African ancestors because focusing on it tends to support the long-held allegation that we are genetically inferior to other races. The "inferiority" is not genetic, but spiritual. And the mistake that many have made in researching Africa and Africans isn’t only that many don’t go far enough back in history.
There are more fundamental mistakes: we don’t want to accept the Word of God as history, and, on top of that, we don’t want to accept the judgment of God for the actions of our ancestors. Acknowledging that the judgment exists is the first step toward grabbing hold to the dismissal of that judgment: accepting Jesus the Christ as Lord and Savior. If we don’t take the first step, we find ourselves blundering through our lives as individuals and as a people.
A Comparison With Another People
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
These were God’s words to Abram, whom He later renamed Abraham. Of course, that great nation is Israel, aka the Israelites, Hebrews, or Jews. (And let's not forget that God has punished the Jews more than once for disobedience.)
But if God blessed the Hebrews to be His beacon to the world—to send His Son down to earth as one of them—why should God’s curses not be in effect when another people remain outside of the Lifter of curses, Jesus the Christ, the one to whom God refers to in this line: "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed?
The enemy was the author of the Babel scattering and he is the author of scattered thinking--confusion. Confusion produces chaotic action. We have but to look at the aftermath of the Babel scattering to see how our forefathers' actions have affected us.
And the presentAmerica
Just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that the Biblical phenomena to which I've referred are not connected with the black race. Looking back in our history—and observing our present—how could we tell the difference?
How God’s Judgment on Black People is Related to God’s Judgment on America
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic Jew, published the much-acclaimed novel, The Harbinger, in 2012. In the fictionalization, he points to ancient Israel’s downfall--a curse from God--as a result of that nation turning away from God and shows how that pattern relates to the USA as a result of that nation turning away from God since the Supreme Court decision of 1963 which put Yahweh out of the public sphere.
God warned ancient Israel what would happen to it if it fell to idolatry and the curses were many, but one stands out in relation to my topic.
43 The stranger [foreigner] that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
Ancient Israel turned away from God many times, but He gave them chance after chance to repent. But at some point, God had enough and gave them no more chances (for a while). After the downfall of ancient Israel, the prophet Jeremiah laments the many consequences, including the following.
8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
Barack Hussein Obama was elected President of the United States in 2008 and reelected in 2012. And while there are many questions yet to be answered about his citizenship, background, and heritage, one thing is for certain: he is of black African descent. (In spite of the well-circulated, but culturally ignorant assertion that President Obama’s alleged biological father is mostly Arab, one look at a photograph of the latter refutes this, as does real research into the ethnic group of the Obamas: the Luo tribe.)
There has been much speculation that the president is not a Bible-believing Christian due to a ton of circumstantial evidence and one large piece of solid evidence: his twenty-year membership at Chicago’s Trinity Church, where the doctrine subscribed to is Black Liberation Theology.
If it is true that Barack Obama is not a US citizen and not real Christian and that black persons who are not covered by the blood of Jesus the Christ remain cursed to be slaves and servants to the children of Shem and Japheth, then Barack Obama—the stranger, the servant--is one of the curses on America for turning away from Him! Adding to this theory is that Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. The Biblical number for judgment is 44.
It should be stressed that, were a black American, Bible-believing Christian to become the President of the United States, none of this would apply.
The hidden elite powers that rule this world—who have no religion other than worship of the Enemy--believe that all blacks should be killed. They believe that we are inferior and are a trash race of no use to the ascending New World Socialist Order which they plan on ruling and the course of our history seems to prove them correct.
But I suspect that the actual reasons that the earthly powers and principalities want to be rid of the black race are twofold: 1) The black failure at Babel—caused by lack of secrecy--to successfully infiltrate the Kingdom of their enemy—Yahweh—and the four millennia-long result, and 2) they recognize that blacks are a physically and spiritually gifted people. These powers fear what would happen if blacks as a whole were to nullify the Canaanite curse and the Babel scattering by accepting the Redemption of and submitting to the Lordship of Jesus the Christ. I think that we have the spiritual tools to be a powerful weapon for Jesus’ coming Kingdom. So it is that the blacks have been long targeted by the Enemy and his human servants, including black ones--to be enslaved, to facilitate the enslavement of their brethren, to scatter their own progeny (through eschewing of marriage) and, finally, to murder their own flesh. The last has been going on in earnest since 1973.
Assuming that any or all of my conclusions are true, what are we to do with this information? That’s easy. Getting out and preach the actual Gospel—the Good News that Jesus the Christ died for us and rose again and sits at the right hand of Yahweh, His Father—can still be done freely, though one wonders how much longer that will last.
The difficulty lies in penetrating the layers of pride that have been indoctrinated into the black American psyche. The idea that any type of pride is anything less than a sin is one of the great deceptions put forth by the Enemy. The notion of Black Pride has resulted in a two-pronged idiocy:
1) that anything said about the black race must always be positive, and
2) that anything negative said about the black race is a result of racism or self-hatred, depending on the speaker. Veracity has no bearing on the latter. Neither does genocide.
Saying what needs saying takes faith, courage, humility and wisdom. All of these attributes are gifts of Yahweh for the asking, but they begin with the fear of God.
I asked, and this essay was the result. I am no Bible scholar, nor am I a historian. I’ve simply taken what I know, what I’ve read, what I’ve seen, and put those things together at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. And I’m willing to be told that I’m wrong and to have the reasons explained to me.
*All biblical quotes are KJV.
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