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Children of the Kingdom

Shahidi Islam – Scholar, Author and CEO

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

As noted in my blog The African Roots of Hebraism for the progression of our development as a people it is vital that we come to terms with who we are.

We are not cursed, we are not lucky to be saved, we are not a lost race. We are the children of God by birthright.

The world has terribly corrupted the revolutionary message of the Messiah beyond all recognition. The Messiah’s original movement was a revolutionary movement. The fact that it featured God so centrally was due to his Hebrew upbringing.

He was a Hebrew of Hebrews, and as a devout Hebrew he had God and the laws of God at the heart of his movement.

Though Paul came later and de-Hebraized the Messiah’s message with an equally revolutionary anti-imperialist movement among the nations, the Messiah’s message was thoroughly Hebrew and spoken only for Israel.

He even said to his apostles when he sent them out, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10: 5, 6).

The Messiah was actually a lot like Maccabeus, who took on the Syrian generals during the time of Antiochus Epiphanes: only instead of mounting a military campaign against the Roman government the Messiah launched a more pseudo-political campaign against them.

His message of the monarchy of God had thoroughly political undertones and it inspired the creation of a kind of society based on the principles that he taught.

The early Church at that time “had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2: 44, 45). This was the living expression of the Messiah’s vision, “A city set on a hill” (Matthew 5: 14).

The Messiah returned the early Church to the practice of righteousness according to the law. They were all Hebrews coming out of John the Baptist’s Essene movement in Qumran.

The Messiah, as the successor to the Baptist, added another level to the lessons taught by the Baptist. The Messiah took the Baptist’s message of justice in the monarchy of God and added the message of mercy in the monarchy of God.

But history has seemed to cover over the fact that the rightful successor to the Messiah was not Peter but James the Just, the brother of Jesus. This is perhaps because all the documents uncovered about James state that he was a Nazarite from birth belonging to a movement called the Nazarenes.

This movement in Galilee was of devout Hebrew men and women who did not cut their hair and who dressed in white linen jubbas.

If the truth about the Just got out then the truth about the Messiah might have come out, that truth is that the Messiah was a dread, his mother was a dread, and his whole family devoutly practiced the Nazarene laws.

His movement to return people to the dominion of God was therefore to turn the people of Israel into a righteous people according to the laws of God.

We as black people need to hold on to this message as we are the true Israel and the Gentiles have outworn their welcome by mistreating our people historically.

It is written: “For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in amongst them, and with them partakes of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

“Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee” (Romans 11: 16-18).

We are the roots and they were grafted in and now they boast against us as though they are the roots and we were grafted in. As history always seems to repeat itself: “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9), what they are doing to us now has also been done to us before.

It is written: “O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

“I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

“Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.

“For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?

“Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

“As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

“Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

“Wherefore it shall come to pass, that  when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks” (Isaiah 10: 5-12).

Even so the white man now glories over the black man as though all this was done by his hand and not God’s hand.

But what does Paul say, “For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?” (Romans 11: 24.)

We are the rightful heirs to the Hebrew traditions and when we start looking at the original Hebrew people as black people then we can understand how black the Bible is.

These were black men and women fighting for their culture against the various and subtle deceptions of heathen traditions.

They were a tribal culture and they were a prophetic culture, the proverbs they taught were of the similitude to the ancient African proverbs. Even the Genesis stories make more sense seen from a black perspective.

But there are obviously those who feel that the original colour of the Hebrews does not matter. That the Messiah has united all nations as one people into his monarchy in which he is the chief, king of kings.

This is a truly admirable idea but the nations have gone too far. We as black people are the bottom rung of all social and economic structures. We are treated with hostility by every nation, called nigger, darky, boy, coon, monkey, etc.

The fact is, if we are the true Hebrew people then the nations no longer deserve to be welcome into our monarchy.

But in case you are still not convinced, we should see what the Messiah says, “I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee” (Revelations 3: 9).

If the Messiah felt that the true identity of the Hebrews was important, so important in fact that he called the imposters a synagogue of Satan, then who are we to despise the word of the Messiah.

Again, that was not Old Testament scripture that was New Testament, from the mouth of the Messiah himself. They have no right to treat us how they treat us.

Our people are a glorious and great people and our destiny is divine, how can we allow the heathen to delude us into believing in a white man Jesus, who is soft, gentle and pretty faced.

The real Jesus was strong, passionate and black and it is up to we black people to reclaim him and the Bible as our own.

It is my hope that as we draw closer to a deep knowledge of self we will become more in tuned with our own Hebrew roots and so live out the monarchy of God the Messiah taught his disciples to enter and which Rome eventually corrupted.

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      Hebrewisms of West Africa, Joseph Williams

      The African Origins of Modern Judaism, Jose V. Malcioln

      The Jews of Africa, Sidney Mendelssohn

      From Babylon to Timbuktu, Rudolph R. Windsor

      The Hebrew Heritage of Black Africa, Steven Jacobs

      The Thirteenth Tribe, Arthur Koestler

      Black Athena, Martin Bernal

      Eden in Egypt, Ralph Ellis

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