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The Theocracy of the Holy Ones

Shahidi Islam – Scholar, Author and Activist

Peace to the Gods and Goddesses of the foundation;

Much love goes to New York City;

And mad respect to London;

It is always important to remember the Egypto-African concept of divinity, Neteru, whenever you feel particularly down.

All the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt were called Neteru, which meant natural forces; but as the ancient Egyptians predominantly believed in one most High God, the divine beings are better defined as the holy ones.

The ancient Hebrews also had a concept of a holy one which they called qodesh, which also meant holy, though in a sexual sense.

(The Hebraic words qadesh and qadeshah were respectively the male and female equivalents of: refined one, holy disciple and saint; and were also the equivalents of sexual one, shrine prostitute and seducer.

Basically, the holy men and holy women of the ancient Hebraic culture were like Tantrics, understanding the value of their sexuality. And though the biblical translators during the days of King James I translated the word qadesh as sodomite, such a mistranslation was an expression of the times.

Its proper translation as sexual one helps us to understand why the only Scripture in the Bible to translate it as sodomite, Deuteronomy 23: 17, condemned its practice in Israel: due to the excessive practice of sexuality in Judea just before its fall, as can be read in Jeremiah).

As can also be seen, holiness is a lot more than speaking in other languages and rolling on the floor; holiness is a way of life that is pure from defilement.

Indeed, “ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

“And shall receive the rewards of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you” (1John 2: 20, 21; 2Peter 2: 12, 13).

What then is the mark of these Beasts? A wicked lifestyle. “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;”

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

“But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

“He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

“Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing” (2Peter 2: 15; Hebrews 10: 26-29).

Again, as with the holy ones of ancient Egypt, the Neteru, so the truth of the holy spirit was corrupted over the years to become wickedness: something the Messiah himself never envisaged or desired during the Judean Liberation Movement.

Even the Judean holy writings became a corruption so it is no surprise that the spirit that derived from it was also corrupted. The Judean holy writings were subjected to several retranslations over the years that brought about their corruption.

The first collection of Hebrew holy writings occurred in the days of King Solomon, they were then rewritten in the days of King Hezekiah due to the politics of the time and the rivalry between the Southern Kingdom of Judea and the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

It was rewritten again by the Deuteronomists during the days of the prophet Jeremiah and the exile of Judea. Then it was rewritten again during the days of the priest Ezra: his version written by scribes who were instructed to avoid any controversial subjects or ideas.

Then, finally, it was completed during the days of the Maccabees and made the standard whereby everyone was to follow strictly the traditions therein.

One of the controversial issues that was done away with in the Priest Ezra translation was the name Elohim.

This Aramean name is actually a corruption of a word that should be pronounced eluim and is a plural in Aramaic, Hebraic and Chaldean for God.

Basically, the name Elohim is actually the word eluim and means the gods, or better yet, the forces, as in natural forces, again like the Neteru.

The Hebrews, in their original estate were very similar to the ancient Egyptians, having learned from the ancient Egyptians for 400 years in captivity.

Thanks to the corruptions of the Judean Bible the Judean Liberation Movement was corrupted into a religious movement when both the Baptist and the Messiah intended for it to be a social movement.

They were both fighting for social change not religious change; and while neither of them were political or engaged in politics, they did want society to be remade into a theocracy.

In this we see that democracy is the biggest blockage to God and his theocracy (or the Kingdom of God).

Effectively, the biggest barrier to the reign of unconditional love is the reign of unlimited freedom. We can’t have it both ways: for love to reign freedom must be sacrificed.

This freedom, which has blocked black interdependence, is a hindrance to growth and not a promoter of it. This is seen in the reign of wickedness:

Even as absolute power corrupts absolutely, so absolute freedom corrupts absolutely. This is the gift of the false messiah everyone worships.

The forgiveness of sins without repentance and a change of actions leads to wickedness. Love is followed by right action, freedom is followed by wickedness.

But as said in The Joy of Suffering those who speak like this must be prepared to suffer for this idea. Indeed, sufferation and tribulation are the path to that eternal Eden where pleasure lasts forever.

The apostle Paul said, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5: 3); thus opening up a new theodicy for the black sufferers.

Again, the word theodicy means the righteousness of God and is the study of how God can be righteous amid this sufferation. God is righteous because God suffers more than us. His long suffering love keeps him righteous.

Here the Egypto-African concept of black divinity, Auset, reveals to us the beauty of holiness in the midst of tribulation. For every holy woman must live a holy lifestyle.

And a holy lifestyle must be exhibited to the world even as the Messiah said, “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light” (Luke 8: 16).

Even so, we manifest a light from within and without that brings us to a spirit of holiness that is new and beautiful to behold; a holiness based on verbal and physical exhibitionism.

It is written, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Hebrews 4: 13; Matthew 10: 26).

It is also written of King David, “And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers,”

“And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.”

“And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

“And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house”

“And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour” (1Chronicles 15: 27; 2Samuel 6: 16-22).

It is clear to see from here that the qodesh (the holy men and holy women) of King David’s time were spiritual and religious leaders, which goes a long way in explaining why Jerusalem was called “The Perfection of Beauty” and “The Joy of the Whole Earth” (Psalms 48: 2; Lamentations 2: 15).

But this Afro-chic exhibitionism was only for the mature. Even if we look at our own lives, we don’t stop wearing diapers till we have the maturity and self-control to handle our own bodily functions.

Even so, an exhibitionist and a seductionist should not stop wearing underwear till they have reached the emotional maturity of adulthood and the hygienic cleanliness to read the gases in their body.

Auset was also an exhibitionist, just like Hethor; though Ra, in anger, banished her from his presence for constantly crying out to him for justice on the murderer of her husband.

Ra himself felt it ungrateful to despise his onetime protector against Apop, the ancient serpent of chaos, and chose instead to despise the woman who tricked him into giving her his secret name.

This second injustice split the ancient Neteru of Egypt into two parties. The weaker and elder gods and goddesses sided with Ra and Setek.

The best and brightest gods and goddesses became Ausars and Ausets, including Hethor, Ra’s main wife and definition of goddesshood.

All these stuck together and practiced a form of collective holiness and seductionism. A seductionism that kept them from feeling the pain of sufferation, just like the serotonin of the hypothalamic region in the brain keeps us from mental sufferation.

But unconditional love is not simply in exhibitionism and seductionism, it is mainly in lovingkindness itself: for though it is written, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20: 15); this is what God said, “And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.

“And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19: 9, 10).

God did not consider it stealing for the poor and the foreigner to take gleanings from the wealthy, nor did he see the property rights of the rich as genuine rights; for “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (Psalms 24: 1).

This is a grace of God, who has made us all interdependent to each other. “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

“Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary” (1Corinthians 12: 21, 22).

Here we see that the social vision the apostle Paul had for the messianic movement was that goods, services and information should be distributed among the brothers and sisters based not on charge but on need.

And so the eye, needing the help of the hand to see better communicates this information to the hand, who in turn provides the service free of charge; and so all labour: whether cultural, intellectual, technical, industrial, martial, social or sexual; should be provided to the benefit of the whole body.

Consequently, by abolishing money we ultimately also remove that ‘mediating devise’ that currently blocks off lovingkindness and turns us all into consumers. Thereby the body becomes a fully justified analogy for the expression of economic equality to be reached from such a decision.

The eyes do not pay the hand for helping them to see better; thereby, lovingkindness lays the path for interdependence, which is unequivocally the definition of society the apostle Paul believed God desired for the Judeans and for the messianic movement.

Even so, the interdependence of the black theocracy is based on unconditional love which unites the black family with greater unity than marriage. Indeed, through the black theocracy we have access to our Egypto-African roots without the pain of any superstitious fears.