Friday, July 20Exploring The Black Presence In The Bible

The Awakening

Re: Are There Any Black People Mentioned In The Bible?

Re: Are There Any Black People Mentioned In The Bible?

The Awakening
Are there any black people mentioned in the Bible? The answer is yes. However, the Christian site "Got Questions?" got this answer completely wrong (click here to read their original response to this question). Their entire response is uninformed and continues the cycle of denying what scripture actually says. I'm going to quote and highlight everything they got wrong, and then I'll explain why it's wrong. It is both intellectually dishonest and scripturally inaccurate to claim that Ham is the father of the black nations, and then attempt to explain away every descendant of Ham as anything other than black. It doesn't work both ways. With that said, this rebuttal isn't about bashing or condemnation, but about correction and education. Suggested Reading Ham: The Origin...
The Lost Tribes of Israel: Where They Are Today and How They Got There

The Lost Tribes of Israel: Where They Are Today and How They Got There

The Awakening
Does the Bible tell us what happened to the "the lost tribes of Israel" or has an entire culture been lost to the pages of history forever? One of the biggest debates in Christianity is whether the tribes were destroyed or migrated and mixed into other nations. A second big debate is whether or not the church replaced Israel, thus making Israel irrelevant to all future prophesies (Replacement Theology). Thankfully, the Bible has eight verses that seem to shed some light on what may have happened to the "lost tribes of Israel". It also has a lot to say about those that have taken it upon themselves to take Israel's place. Let's start at the very beginning... the kidnapping of the chosen people and the plot to replace Israel as outlined in scripture. Mankind Rejects God and...
The Daughter of My People: Black Hebrews In America – Part 1

The Daughter of My People: Black Hebrews In America – Part 1

The Awakening
Many people refer to Jeremiah as "the weeping prophet", but why was he weeping? It was because he saw the descendants of Israel enslaved in America, how they were being treated, and ultimately the wrath of God that would be poured out upon America for doing so. In scripture, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zephaniah refer to the future descendants of Israel as a "daughter": The daughter of my people. The daughter of my dispersed. These three prophets saw a time in the future when Israel would be treated so terribly that it brought Jeremiah to tears. But how do we know that these references are talking about Hebrews in America? Let's start by laying a solid foundation using scripture and then building upon that. The Location of Israel's Descendants Thankfully we don't h...
Kum-Ba-Yah: Did Black Slaves Sing Songs In Hebrew?

Kum-Ba-Yah: Did Black Slaves Sing Songs In Hebrew?

The Awakening
Many of us have heard and even sang Kumbaya at some point in our lives, but most people aren't aware of the origin of the song or the meaning of the words. When I was in elementary school, we were told that it meant "come by here", and that's what myself and many others have believed for a long time. Here is a break down of the words in Hebrew. The Meaning of Kumbaya Kum (Qum): Strong's #6965 - Stand up, arise Ba: Doesn't have any meaning alone in Hebrew, but may be an abbreviation for Abba, which means "father" (unconfirmed). Yah: Strong's #3050 - This word is translated as LORD in scripture when referring to the God of Israel. Loosely translated, the lyrics seems to mean "arise father God" and NOT "come by here" as we've been told. This song seems to be a rem...