For several years now I've encountered and engaged in numerous discussions with those from the group known as "Hebrew Israelites". They are a very divisive cult that twists scriptures and offer no practical solutions to any real problems other than to repent and turn back to the Old Testament Law of Moses which Christ the Lord fulfilled and delivered us from. They claim Black people in North America are the lost tribe of Judah and other people of color in the Americas are the remaining lost tribes of Israel. They also adhere to the history of Robert Windsor as told in his book "From Babylon to Timbuktu" as historically accurate and seemingly almost as authoritative as the Bible itself in telling the history of the people of Israel and the Black man in America as one and the same without question. Windsor's book is full of errors both historical and biblical for which there isn't time or space to point them all out here.
While I firmly believe the gospel addresses all issues in life, especially those pertaining to the poor and racism, I also maintain that it is a colorblind truth for all people with none being excluded or considered superior over another. I respect and love a great many of them whom I've come in contact with but I vehemently disagree with their position on the Holy Scriptures as it pertains to salvation (on which they are very vague), and truth overall. A half truth is still a whole lie, and their doctrine is heresy; for lack of a better term. It misleads other Black people and those of color into the same kind of supremacist dogmas as white supremacy groups and others who also often use religion or the Bible to try justifying their position. In this regard they are no different except in skin color.
I'm for truth, and truth is colorblind when it comes to God and salvation. I've also found in my studies that this particular group has a problem with accepting the entire New Testament, and in particular the writings of the Apostle Paul because his scriptural writings directly contradict their errant dogma and prove their teachings to be a lie contrary to the doctrine of Yeshua Messiah himself.
GALATIANS 3:26-29; "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27) For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 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. 29) And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
In their errant attempts to "blacken" everything up to justify their beliefs they've even gone as far as making "King James" a Black man who sat upon the throne of England, and not merely an actual white man. King James having a Black ancestor or two would not be considered unusual in as much as Moorish free men lived in Europe for centuries, and African slaves were first brought to Europe before being brought to the Americas, so intermingling was possible but not probable in this case. The Hebrew Israelites use this to justify using the KJV Bible translation as their primary authoritative scriptural resource and ignore any possible contradiction of its translation being commissioned by a white man. It makes no difference because the scholars who actually translated the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts were still predominantly white.
The Bible is a book of prophecy, and prophecy is history told in advance. Once prophecy becomes history it is no longer a mystery. Who translated what is immaterial to biblical prophecy because its truth is regardless, unchangeable, and will always be revealed in time over any lie. Deuteronomy 28:68 is the supposed "big revelatory verse" used as a foundation by those who say they are the true Hebrew Israelites and of the lost tribes of Israel in the Americas.
GENESIS 15:12-14; "And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13) And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14) And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance."
2) In Exodus 12:40-41 the scriptures are clearly talking about geographical Egypt, which still exist today, and is not an allegorical reference to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The added 30-years onto the 400 is a result of YAH's chosen deliverer, Moses, having fled into the wilderness of Midian for 40-years and causing a delay when he himself was 40-years old. Had he waited another 10-years instead of acting out of the will of God by trying to aid his Israelite brothers with his own might, then the 400-year mark would have been hit right on the head (see: Exodus 2:11-15*). God Almighty didn't get it wrong but man did, and man's interference in YAH's divine plans always delays his own deliverance while complicating things for himself on the Earth. Just as the scriptures said, The Most High judged Egypt by the "Ten Plagues" and the children of Israel went out with great substance in the form of the wealth of Egypt.
EXODUS 12:40-41; "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. 41) And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt."
The phony "Hebrew Negrews" believe they are going to spoil the United States and other western American powers just as the children of Israel did Egypt. What they fail to see is the disconnect between the timeline of ancient Israel and themselves. Ancient Israel had a plan and a land from God to build a nation. What do these fake Hebrews have? A plan to buy more Air Jordans, smoke more blunts, get bigger rims on their cars, or indulge themselves in polygamy which they practice so they can have as many women as they want to satisfy their sexual perversions? They have NOTHING!
Not only that, but they fail to mention that it is the Black Community being plagued from all sides with violence, political disfranchisement, social exploitation, and economic oppression more than any other group of people, yet they continue to try telling us it is because we are disobedient to GOD. If we're disobedient then shouldn't they be preaching "repentance" instead of "pro-black" hatred and discrimination against African blacks and other ethnicities they deem as non-Hebrew? THEY ARE FRAUDS!
To self-righteous Christians reading this: The above mentioned things such as "Air Jordans, "blunts", and "rims" are examples of a "superficial slave mentality" run rampant in many inner cities where the Hebrew Israelite Cult spreads their doctrine but some indulge in while hypocritically condemning others for not honoring their dietary restrictions or interpretation of the "Sabbath". Those of us in the Black Community can speak on it honestly, and I don't care for being "political correct" in doing so. If you're a Christian who thinks my saying it this way is racially stereotypical then don't waste your comment calling me a racist, or talking about how much of a better "Christian" you are that's going to win them with "your much more loving and godly approach." You don't know better or have more of Christ than those who confront this almost daily in the Black Community under siege by these damnable race based doctrines.
In most cases those who condemn others like me that stand against this satanic racial heresy are White Christians with no experience dealing with this, no true empathy for the Black Community, or understand the racial dynamics behind it. These same people won't speak out against racial injustice on behalf of Black People but are quick to tell us to "just pray" about it while they continue to do nothing about it. When dealing with this type of false doctrine they pompously behave like they know better and have the perfect solution as if Black Christians don't know the gospel as well as them. That's being racist by behaving like the "almighty whitey", and in some cases other uninformed Christians act the same way. Your naivety won't accomplish anything other than disappointment by your own lack of discernment.
3) Furthermore, the scripture clearly 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..." So if they will be taken by the way where He said they would see no more wouldn't that mean geographical Egypt? Did the ancient Israelites go into bondage in America all the way back then? NO! In order to be taken back somewhere you've seen before you would have had to have been there before. We weren't in America before. So you see the twist of scripture. This is the kind of perversion of scripture they use.
Furthermore, this scripture was fulfilled literally when Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman Empire and all Jews were removed from Palestine either by death or taken back into geographical Egypt and sold by the Romans into slavery by way of ships traveling through the Red Sea / Reed Sea, and the Nile River. They became unwanted by the Egyptians and other citizens of the region which caused them to become so impoverished by displacement that they tried to sell themselves into bond servitude to survive, but were often rejected. This is history not a mystery.
4) The nation of Israel is a people, not a race of one particular color. The Black slaves brought to America far out numbered any national census of Israelite people in history, so there wouldn't have been enough Hebrews/Jews to fill the slave ships over that period, and account for all the Black people here because their numbers would've been reduced due to the supposed "curse" that was on them. Which curse are we talking about anyway? Is it from not keeping the law as in Deuteronomy 28 or is it from rejecting Christ as in Matthew 27:25? The false Hebrew Israelites don't even know themselves but clean overlook rejecting Christ and go all the way back to the Old Testament Law which Christ himself came to fulfill so they wouldn't have to go back to it. To go back to it is to fall from grace which is the same as denying Christ and rejecting salvation according to the Word of Yah:GALATIANS 5:3-4; "For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4) Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace."
5) Its just a flat out lie! The cult of the Hebrew Israelites didn't exist until the 19th century and came into existence as a means for oppressed Black people to try to explain and identify their struggles with the Israelites of the Bible by rejecting the twisted version of the Christian religion of their oppressors. The latter part of Deuteronomy 28:68 says, "...and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you." Well this couldn't possibly be the American Negro because they were bought and sold regularly from plantation to plantation all over the South until slavery was abolished in the U.S. in 1863. So, this most definitely IS NOT Israel. There are some actual black Hebrews in existence, such as the Lemba tribe in southern Africa who scientifically, genetically, and genealogically can prove their origins. They prove these American Negroes claiming to be Israelites by birth to be a lie by their very existence in Africa and not America.
One of the main points of "Hebrew Israelite" dogma is to convince Black people they are unrelated to Black Africans who they say sold them into slavery, and that American Blacks who they say are really Hebrews are cursed by God for disobedience as to why we're here but should be mad at white people for it. If Yah cursed us then why be mad at white people or other Black Africans for it? That's stupid! The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade didn't start until the 15th century so they would have you believe that God Almighty has been pissed off at Black folks for nearly 2,000 years in total and even the more so over the last almost 600 years because of our disobedience. Again, that's stupid! Why would I want to serve God according to them if he holds a grudge for such a long time? Is God a vengeful terrorist? They also errantly teach a "Negro" and a Black African are two different types of Black people. They are so "Hebrew" they don't bother recognizing that the word "negro" is Spanish for "black".
Falsely claiming someone else's heritage to try filling in the gaps of our own lost heritage is due to "identity displacement" brought on by slavery. Any racially biased or racial identity based religion or philosophy is not of God but of man. The good news of the gospel is that you can find your identity in Christ. You can also search out and trace your earthly heritage as others have done. Calling one's self a "Hebrew Israelite" is irrelevant. All who've tried to live by the Old Testament Law failed except our Lord & Savior Yeshua Messiah. Rather than twist scriptures to "Blacken" them up so you can feel special to God Almighty why not just obey his Word by faith and receive the grace of Christ unto salvation? Trying to do it any other way only puts you at odds with Yah, and in claiming to be an Israelite you put yourself in the same situation as national Israel who rejected Christ. The scriptures say plainly Christ is the "end of the law", which means that's it, that's all, "it is finished." You get it all in Christ and not in the law.
ROMANS 10:1-4; "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2) For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3) For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."
You can find "CONFRONTING HEBREW ISRAELITE FALSE DOCTRINE WITH HISTORY, #2" here, http://ijwest.blogspot.com/2017/04/confronting-hebrew-israelite-false.html
Here's another blog article you may find of interest as it pertains to the above subject matter that is titled "DEBUNKING RACISM FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE" at http://ijwest.blogspot.com/2013/08/debunking-racism-from-biblical.html
Also, please read "IDENTITY DISPLACEMENT - Who Are You?" at http://ijwest.blogspot.com/2015/04/identity-displacement-who-are-you.html
By Isaiah J. West