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Egypt (Mizraim)


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Perhaps most famous for it’s pyramids, Egypt is probably the second most important country mentioned in the Bible, with Israel being the first. With the exception of the pre-flood world, the majority of Genesis revolves around Egypt. All links open in a new tab or window.

Egypt In The Bible
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Times Mentioned
Alternative Names

One of the alternative names the Bible uses for the geographic area is “the land of Ham”. This reference is made three times in scripture.

“Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.” – Psalms 105:23

“They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.” – Psalms 105:27

“Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.” – Psalms 106:22

If white Bible scholars choose to teach that Ham was Noah’s black son, it is dishonest to then say that “the land of Ham” was not full of black descendants of Ham, which included Mizraim (Egypt). Because the Bible formerly recognizes Egypt as descendants of Ham, those the claim it’s origin as European have to be classified as false teachers.

The Biblical Origin of Egypt

The name Mizraim means “tribulation”, which is important because it is translated differently throughout the Bible. It is important to understand this because it is foundational to Bible prophecy.

  • Sometimes it’s translated as the proper noun “Mizraim”.
  • Sometimes it’s translated as the proper noun “Egypt”.
  • Sometimes it’s translated as the improper noun “tribulation”.

According to the Bible, Egypt was also known as “the land of Ham”, which presents an interesting scenario. Egypt is located in Africa, and is recognized as a black civilization by the vast majority of people. The Bible tells us that Egypt was named after Ham’s son Mizraim.

  • The majority of scholars teach that Ham is the origin of black people.
  • If Ham was black, then it makes sense that his sons were black too.

It is important to establish the fact that Egypt was a black nation, so here are two videos that drive home the point.

Video #1 – A Black Egyptian Speaks About Black Egypt

Video #2 – White Historian Teaches A Black Egypt

The Myth of A White Egypt

Some of the same white teachers that teach that Ham was black, will then contradict themselves by saying that Egyptians weren’t black, Canaanites weren’t black, and Libyans weren’t black, even though all of them are brothers to Cush, whom they acknowledge as black. To a rational person, the red flags of false teaching should instantly be raised.

  • Egyptians depicted themselves as black people.
  • There’s no evidence of white Egyptians ever existing.
  • Egypt was always recognized as a black nation until white people realized that Hebrews were described as looking like Egyptians.

White teachers that deny the factual history of black Egypt do so to avoid admitting that Hebrews lived in Africa, married African people, and therefore looked like African people… with black skin.

Hebrews Were Mistaken For Descendants of Ham

What makes many European Christians uncomfortable is that Hebrews get mistaken for Hamites from Genesis through Acts. We know what Egyptians looked like without an ounce of speculation because Egyptians painted themselves as black people. Those that deny this are simply denying the truth.

Black Egyptian Depicted By Egyptians Themselves
Black Egyptian Depicted By Egyptians Themselves
Black Egyptian Tomb Art
Black Egyptian Bust
Egyptian Hunting Birds
Black Egyptian Hunting

If we look at the three examples above, we can clearly see that Egyptians were black people. Now that we know what Egyptians looked like, let’s look at several scriptures that mention Hebrews being mistaken for Egyptians.

Joseph – Unrecognizable As A Hebrew

Because he was sold into slavery, Joseph lived most of his life among the Egyptians. If his skin color was different or stood out, his brothers would’ve recognized him easily. He was old, spoke Egyptian, and had the same skin color as Egyptians, which is why they didn’t recognize him.

“And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him.” – Genesis 42:7-8

The Nation of Israel – Indistinguishable From Egyptians

When the Canaanites saw the nation of Israel sprinkled with elders from Pharaoh’s house, they mistook them all for Egyptians.

“And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.” – Genesis 50:8-11

People With Egyptian Blood

Egypt As A Refuge In Scripture

Early in scripture, God uses Egypt as a refuge for his people in times of trouble. Not only do they take refuge in Egypt, but it is also a source for riches as well.

Abraham In Egypt

When Abraham and Sarah sought refuge in Egypt, Pharaoh took a liking to Sarah, and took her as his wife. After God appeared to Pharaoh in a dream, Sarah was restored to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-18), and they left Egypt with riches.

“And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.” – Genesis 13:1-2

 Jacob In Egypt

When Jacob and his family had to endure the famine, he sent his sons to Egypt, where his son Joseph had been sold into slavery, but had risen to power.

“Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?” – Genesis 42:1

Joseph In Egypt

After being sold into slavery to Egypt, Joseph slowly rose to power and eventually used his power to provide a safe place for his family to live.

“And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:” – Genesis 46:6

Jesus In Egypt

Most of us know that when Jesus was born, he and his family were forced to flee the persecution of Herod. However, many times we tend to forget that they escaped by fleeing to Egypt.

“And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.” – Matthew 2:13

Egyptian-Hebrew Intermarriage

From the very beginning, Hebrews mixed and married with Egyptians, and there were even Egyptians that left Egypt with the Hebrews during the Exodus.

“And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp;” – Leviticus 24:10

Abraham and Hagar

Hagar was Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid. When Sarah failed to get pregnant, she offered Hagar to Abraham, and she bare Ishmael.

“And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.” – Genesis 16:3

Joseph and Asenath

After rising to power in Egypt, Joseph was given an Egyptian wife named Asenath. She bares him Ephraim and Manasseh, who will eventually be included into the tribes of Israel.

“And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.” – Genesis 41:45

Solomon and Pharaoh’s Daughter

Solomon had many women, but there are only three that were singled out in scripture. One of these three was the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Solomon married for political reasons.

“And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king ofEgypt, and took Pharaoh‘s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the LORD, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.” – 1 Kings 3:1

 

 

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