The Black Heaven

Shahidi Islam - Theologian, Entrepreneur, and Author

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

Many people ask me what sensuality has to do with spirituality and divinity, but if they were to do the knowledge they would find out it has a lot.

If heaven exists it would not be a place of worshiping a giant man on a throne, which is similar to oppression, and becoming a robot for the sake of some egotistical being who demands your praise.

Such is not heaven. Such is hell in a mask. Any being who demands your slavery and worship is not worth honouring.

In fact, it is delusional to think that someone who is oppressing you somehow actually loves you and has your best interest in mind. Or that by worshiping that person you are happier than you would be if you were not.

But if heaven is not joining an angelic choir and singing to some white guy on a throne what is it?

First of all, we can’t know for sure. There are clues in the Bible and the traditions of ancient Egypt but none of us can guarantee that any of them will genuinely be our fate after we die.

So what are the clues left us in the Bible?

Firstly, the Messiah said, “The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:

“But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

“Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Luke 20: 34-36).

So what does that mean? In heaven everyone is celibate and non-sexual? Not necessarily.

If we remember from The Mother of Exhibitionism, the ancient Egyptians didn’t marry nor were they given in marriage yet they still multiplied, and even had what some believe to have been polygamous (but were actually polyamorous) relationships.

Again, in The African Roots of Hebraism I spoke about how the Hebrew traditions came to us via ancient Egypt and that ancient Egypt had a lot to do with the development of the philosophy of Abraham, Moses and the Messiah.

What we can therefore see from all this is that like with the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt, even so with the angels of God in heaven, they have both sex and children.

That is the first cultural clue left us in the Bible concerning the real heaven, but what else can we learn by looking into the Bible?

Well, other than the Messiah the only person that we can glean biblical references of heaven from is the apostle John in the Revelations.

So what does John say, “And immediately I was in the spirit: and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone” (Revelations 4: 2, 3).

Now for those who don’t know, a jasper stone is a deep brown stone and a sardius stone is a brownish orange stone. Basically, the one who sat on the throne was to look upon like a black man.

“And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold” (Revelations 4: 4).

These four and twenty (or twenty-four) elders are known in the godbody as the twenty-four scientists, who in the beginning laid the foundation for the first tribes on earth near the Arabian Peninsula.

The Asiatic black tribes of those earlier times were one nation before Pangea split and the tribes scattered to become the five races we have today.

First of all, though these twenty-four elders were black men (seeing as how they were to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone), we can also understand them to have been scientists in that they had hidden knowledge (Revelation 7: 14).

They each had crowns of gold, which shows that those who are worthy will also receive their own crowns of gold, and they each wore white clothes.

This is a theme throughout the Revelations. In Revelations 6 it says, “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelations 6: 9-11; emphasis mine).

And again, “After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (Revelations 7: 9; emphasis mine).

Also, “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (Revelations 19: 14; emphasis mine)

And finally, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelations 19: 8; emphasis mine).

Basically, what we can surmise is that in heaven they are dressed in white robes of fine linen. Seems pretty simple right? Wrong.

The word used here and throughout the New Testament for fine linen is the word byssinos which is what the Greeks called transparent linen, something worn very frequently by wealthy Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Effectively, what the apostle John saw the beings of heaven wearing were robes of fine spun linen and not simply an elegant linen.

But it goes deeper still. In many Muslim countries the Muslims wear linen, cotton and silk clothing that is similar to robes but more elegant and closer to what they wore in the Middle East of John’s time.

These clothes are called jubbas for men and abayas for women. Sometimes these are fine spun, sometimes they are coarse spun, but effectively, we can say that the clothing of heaven is most likely fine spun white jubbas and abayas.

Then again, this wearing of fine spun linen in heaven would have been as much a sexy act as a holy through the fact that they wore no underwear and so were naked underneath, similar again to the ancient Egyptians.

This light exhibitionism of not wearing underwear while wearing transparent clothing combines with the practice of making love and not marriage to create a sensual paradise of free love and endless passion.

So we understand that twenty-four black scientists rule in heaven, we also understand that it is a very sensual place filled with light exhibitionism and free love, and, finally, we understand that children can be born in heaven just like in the physical.

Again, what does sensuality have to do with spirituality? A lot. Heaven is a very sensual place and nothing like white people have taught us.

Even the intermittent singing that goes on in Revelations is supposed to be viewed as just that, intermittent. It is not to be viewed as an eternity of singing and worshiping.

The author of the Revelations had no intention of encouraging us to believe in an eternity of singing and worshiping as can be found in his message to the church of Sardis, “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelations 3: 1-5).

Sardis, like the choir singing churches of the world, had a name that it was alive but was dead, however, it was promised them that if they overcame they would be clothed in white (transparent linen, the righteousness of the saints) because they would be worthy.

It appears that the righteousness of the saints is the sensuality of light exhibitionism and that spiritual death is the choir boy lifestyle the Eurocentric churches currently practice.