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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”:
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 have to do any guessing as to where the “daughter of my dispersed” will be located according to prophecy. The prophet Zephaniah gives us their exact location:
“From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.” – Zephaniah 3:10
If we use logic to interpret the above verse, we see that Israel is already located to the east of Africa in general and north of Ethiopia. This means that what is being referred to has to occur either to the west or to the south of Ethiopia. Directly across the Ethiopian Ocean are the Americas (North and South). According to Zephaniah, “the daughter of my dispersed” will come across the waters of Ethiopia to bring offerings.
One clue isn’t definitive, but fortunately scripture offers us several more descriptions of where the descendants of Israel would end up.
“Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!” – Isaiah 18:1-2
The above verse starts out with the word “woe”, meaning “to express dissatisfaction or pain”. This is not just a reference to a neutral or friendly nation, but this is God pronouncing misery upon that nation. Not only does Isaiah use the terminology of being “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia” as Zephaniah did, but he also added several more descriptions to this location.
- They are referred to as the land shadowing with wings, which may be a reference to the seal of the United States (shows an eagle with outstretched wings).
- They send ambassadors by sea, which means they’re located across the Ethiopian Sea (Atlantic Ocean).
- The reason for them traveling across the sea is to target Hebrews.
At this point we could draw the conclusion that the Bible is indeed pointing to America, but there is even stronger evidence within the original meaning of the words used in Isaiah 18:1-2. Let’s look at the following words and then read the verses again.
- Land (Strong’s #776): common, country, earth, field, ground, land, nations, way (we’ll use the alternate word “country” just to see how it reads).
- Ambassadors (Strong’s #6735): ambassador, hinge, messenger, pain, pang, sorrow (we’ll be using the alternate word “sorrow” just to see how it reads).
- By The Sea (Strong’s #3220): large body of water; sometimes a large river, or an artifical basin; locally, the west, or (rarely) the south (we’ll be using the alternate phrase “from the west” just to see how it reads).
- Terrible (Strong’s #6978): powerful.
The following rendering of Isaiah 18:1-2 shows the verse with the alternate words and phrases in all caps and bold. Read it slowly and see if you still believe that it could be a reference to America.
“Woe to the COUNTRY shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: That sendeth SORROW FROM THE WEST, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people POWERFUL from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!” – Isaiah 18:1-2
When we use the alternate wording, it confirms that scripture is referring to a country to the west of Ethiopia, that would come across the Atlantic Ocean and enslave Israel. America is the only nation that fits that description.
America Declared War On The Most High
When we study the Transatlantic Slave Trade, it doesn’t seem to make sense that Native Americans were slaughtered instead of being taken as slaves. On top of that, millions were invested and lives were risked just to cross the Ethiopian Ocean to take slaves from a specific group of people:
“The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:” – Deuteronomy 28:49-50
The historical evidence is difficult to argue with. We know the Hebrews fled into Africa to escape persecution and slavery, and we also know that the tribe of Judah and probably scattered people from other Israelite tribes were living on the west coast of Africa, shown on the map above as the “slave coast”.
The timing and locations to which Hebrew slaves were dispersed was also significant to Bible prophecy. According to the words of Christ after being asked for a sign of the end of the age, he named slavery as one of the many signs to precede his return.
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24
“And it shall come to pass in that day, thatthe Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” – Isaiah 11:11
Now it’s time to do a little personal research. Using Google and the Atlantic Slave Trade map above, locate the places named in Isaiah 11:11 and compare them to the places black people were taken during slavery. What needs to be understood more than anything else is that this theft of God’s people was an outright declaration of war against God according to the prophet Joel:
“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things: The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head: And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it. Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up…” – Joel 3:1-9
Everything that the prophets saw will slowly bring it into perspective as to why God is mad enough to reject all offers to “make things right”, and instead tells the Gentile nations to prepare for war with him personally. Now that we have the foundation laid, let’s look at exactly what it was that pushed God to the point of war with mankind.
Why Was Jeremiah Weeping?
Many people are not aware that the very first words of Jeremiah the prophet actually appear in the book of Psalms. In the verses, he mentions “the daughter of Babylon”, which many Bible scholars believe to be a direct reference to America. The Bible also mentions “the daughter of Babylon” as the nation where “the daughter of my people” will reside at the end of the age, as we’ll see as we get deeper into this study. If this is true, then we should all take heed to Jeremiah’s words concerning what was really going on in America during the time of slavery.
“For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land… O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.” – Psalms 137:3-4, 8
Black slaves in America were used for entertainment and would often be forced to sing and dance for the owner and his guests. I believe that Jeremiah saw a time when the descendants of Israel would endure great injustice, loss of life, and even a change in appearance. In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah seems to be describing the transition of Hebrew skin color from ruddy (reddish brown) to “blacker than coal”:
“For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire: Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.” – Lamentations 4:6-8
While we won’t go into the specifics of the “Nazarite Vow” in this study, the Nazarites being referred to are not those born in Nazareth. They were a special group of children that swore vows from childhood to abstain from certain lifestyle choices in order to remain pure and spiritually “white”. This is the reason Jeremiah makes it clear that they were “ruddy in body”.
What’s interesting about the verse is how Jeremiah suddenly switches from past tense to present tense. They “were” more ruddy in body… their visage “is” blacker than coal. As we continue through the rest of this study, it will become clear that what the prophets saw concerning Israel in the last days was spot on with what black people have and will experience in America until the return of Christ.
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