Are you encountering or expect to encounter tough questions from both Christians and non Christians about identifying as an Israelite? This FREE handbook is exactly what you’re looking for.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Section I – Defending Your Position||Section II – Questions For The Opposition|
|Section III – Inconsistencies||Section IV – Common Arguments|
|Section V – Charts & Downloads||Section VI – Glossary of Terminology|
Most Recent Updates v2.1
Below are the most recent updates made to the current version of the IAH (05/24/22).
Section I – Questions About Race
- What Does Eurocentric Mean?
Section II – Questions About History
- Is There Any Evidence of Subsaharan Africans / Black People Being Israelites?
Section VI – Glossary of Terminology
- Now in alphabetical order.
About This Handbook
The Israelite Apologist’s Handbook was created in response to a series of unfortunate events that took place over the last few years (2019 – 2022) between a certain group of Christians known as “Urban Apologists” and Christians that identify as Israelites by bloodline. The purpose of this handbook is to prepare you for the often hostile opposition you may receive from people that are supposed to be brothers and sisters in Christ, but more often than not behave like servants of Satan.
While it’s hard to pin down exactly who started the back and forth, what we know for a fact is that it was a small group of Urban Apologists, led by non black people, started labeling all black Christians that claim the nationality of Israel, as “moderates”. Many of them even went as far as to make the claim that any black person that identified as Israel can’t be saved no matter if they believe in Christ as the savior or not. They were preaching another gospel that bases salvation on skin color and ethnicity claims (skin doctrine).
There has been a consistent and deliberate attempt by some in the Christian church to demonize any black person that claims to be Israel, while fully ignoring any other groups of people that claim to be Israel. This new “skin doctrine” of no salvation for black people has turned into a campaign of hate, lies, deception, and threats of violence being pushed by self professed Christians. The constant back and forth eventually died down due to a shaky truce, but did not die out completely on either side of the argument.
What Is Apologetics?
“Apologetics is the religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. Early Christian writers who defended their beliefs against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called Christian apologists.” – Wikipedia
What Is Urban Apologetics?
Urban Apologetics is exactly the same as regular Christian Apologetics, but it is specifically used to target black people. At it’s core, it espouses many white supremacist ideologies and is very hostile towards anyone that doesn’t accept their religious doctrine or their narrative on the origins of descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
How To Use This Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is not to attack people of other faiths or ethnicity, but to be able to defend and share what it is you believe, against the tough questions that almost always arise. This handbook is updated regularly, so you will always have access to the most up to date information available on this site.
- Brief Overview – Each section begins with a brief overview of the content for that section.
- Quick Responses – These are designed for those moments when you are in the middle of a conversation and need answers quickly.
- Possible Follow Up Responses – These are responses that you should be prepared for, but may or may not arise during your conversations. Familiarize yourself with these so you won’t be caught off guard.
- Counter Questions – These are questions that are meant for you to ask the person you are speaking with. These questions are designed to make them think deeper about their own position.
- Suggested Viewing – These videos will help you gain a better understanding of the topic at hand. Many of these videos were made in response to encounters with Christians from the Urban Apologetics Cult, and will help you deal with situations you may encounter. These videos should be viewed in advance of engaging with anyone on the topic.
Updates To The Handbook
This handbook is updated regularly and as often as new information becomes available. If you encounter questions, comments, rebuttals, etc. that you’re not familiar with, please submit a comment below. This will help us to know what’s going on in the field and when possible, release updates to this handbook as soon as the same day.
- If you encounter any questions or topics that you think would benefit other Israelite apologists, please submit them below.
- Please provide as many details as possible so that the best and most accurate responses can be published in a future update.
Before you attempt to use this handbook… read this first!
The idea of being able to defend your faith from any and all comers at the drop of a hat is the dream of many aspiring apologists. Unfortunately, that’s almost impossible. This handbook was not created to turn you into the perfect apologist, but to get you as close to the perfect apologist as possible.
If this handbook were part of “the armor of God”, it would be a dagger. Hidden just out of sight of the enemy, but within reach, and very “deadly” to the opposition in the hands of the right apologist.
Before You Go Into Battle
If this handbook caught your attention, there is a very high likelihood that you are anxious to defend your faith or beliefs from all challengers. If you haven’t done the following list of things to prepare, then you’ll need to do them as soon as possible.
Becoming A Good Apologist
- Read the Bible in its entirety.
- Memorize as much of the Bible as you can.
- Understand the opposing viewpoint.
Becoming A Great Apologist
- Listen to understand and not just to respond.
- Don’t defend an indefensible position.
- Know all of your opponent’s talking points.
Becoming An Epic Apologist
- Know your Bible inside and out.
- Read your Bible daily, even after you know it.
- Address your opponent’s counter arguments and rebuttals before they can make them.
Here is what the opposition has put out to prepare themselves against you.
Rebuttals to these points and more can be found throughout this handbook.
The 3 Types of Christians
Christianity generally falls into three categories:
- The TV Christian – This includes the majority of TV Christians and those that follow them.
- The Moderate Christian – These Christians separate themselves from The TV Christian and The Outcast Christian.
- The Outcast / Fringe Christian – This includes groups that identify as Christians, but are rejected as heretics by Moderate and TV Christians.
Tactics of The Opposition
Over the years many of us have witnessed several tactics the opposition likes to employ, but we have figured out ways to deal with them. The most important thing to keep in mind is that we are not necessarily trying to convince the person we are talking to, but those that may be listening and paying attention. Some people just aren’t reachable because they’ve made up their mind about what they want to believe, no matter how much evidence exists to prove them wrong.
This tactic is mainly employed by religious types that want to ask question after question, while not providing answers. Here are several solutions for dealing with this type:
- Immediately ask a question after you answer their first question.
- If they do not answer your question and try to continue with another question of their own, stand your ground and don’t answer another question until your question is answered.
- No matter how loud they get or try to over talk you, do not allow them to control the conversation. Stand firm and force them to answer your questions.
- If they refuse to answer your questions, end the conversation.You are not under any obligation to answer to them at all. Having a conversation with them is a courtesy and not a requirement.
The Historically Ignorant
This type will often claim things have happened in history, such as fulfillment of Bible prophecy, but rarely provides any historical sources. Here’s how to deal with this type:
- Ask for the exact year and source to support their claims.
- Whenever they mention anything linked to history, press them for sources, especially if there’s an audience. Many people take notice when someone can’t actually back up what they say with sources. Onlookers may not say anything at the moment, but many of them will go looking for answers themselves in private.
One very common opposition statement they will make is that all of the curses in Deuteronomy 28 have been fulfilled in Christ. However, the kryptonite to this argument is Luke 21:24.
- Luke 21:24 references the curse of the sword and worldwide scattering via slavery.
- If Deuteronomy 28 was already fulfilled through Christ, why did he give signs from Deuteronomy 28 as an answer to the disciples when asked about signs of his coming and the end of the age?
This is just one example of many where they lack historically. There are many others, and as we learn more, this handbook will be updated to provide you with the best responses to clear up their inaccuracies.
The Twister of Scripture
This type will defend doctrine vs. using common sense every time. They will tell you that everything in the Bible means something else. Black doesn’t mean black, bronze doesn’t mean bronze, and crystal clear reading of scripture doesn’t actually mean what it says. Dealing with this person requires familiarity with both scripture and history. Here is what you need to know in order to effectively deal with this type of person.
- The Law of First Mention
- How history ties into Bible prophecy.
- A basic understanding of the use of Hebrew and Greek.
- A general knowledge of the entire Bible.
If you have not read and memorized the entire Bible, this is not the person you want to engage in a debate with. They are usually well versed in Seminary interpretation of scripture and know the Bible very well, even though they interpret scripture incorrectly. They sound impressive and know enough to be dangerous to those listening.
Building Your Own Team
Believe it or not, apologetics is a team sport. If you are not yet confident in your ability to defend the faith or if you want to make a larger impact faster than you could alone, it may be wise to build your own Apologetics team.
Meeting People Where They Are
One major advantage Israelites have when sharing the gospel, is our ability to meet people where they are. Many in the Christian church have ridiculous self made rules about how we should or shouldn’t share the gospel. One example of this is the idea that we shouldn’t open up talking about ethnicity in order to lead people to Christ. This is why church building numbers are declining fast. They want people to meet them where they are instead of relating to people and meeting them where they are. They are perhaps the most ineffective preachers of the gospel on the planet. This allows us to be more effective than they will ever be. Here are a few tips on making the most of your efforts.
- Always offer to share the BHITB app with the person you’re talking to. All you have to do is click “SHARE” on the bottom bar of the app, and let them scan the QR code to add the app to their phone.
- Ask if they’ve ever seen any of the evidence for descendants of slaves being the descendants of Israelites in the Bible. Follow up by asking them if you can share some sources with them. If they say yes, use the “SHARE” button on the app.
Back in the day, churches and evangelism teams used tracts to get information into the hands of the unsaved and unchurched. The BHITB app easily turns an Israelite apologist into an evangelist with one button click. We’re also doing our part by going “green” and not using tons of paper that will likely be thrown in the garbage as soon as we leave the conversation.
Suggested Team Building Sessions
- Practice asking the hard questions on each other so you’ll be ready when you face them on the battlefield.
- Practice sincerely engaging with people and listening to what they have to say before responding.
- Practice asking and answering frustrating questions so you don’t lose your cool when the situation arises on the battlefield.
How To Water The Seeds Planted By Churches
Modern church building preachers need to get over the idea that the body of Christ is their congregation. It’s not. The body of Christ belongs to Christ and Paul summed it up best.
“For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.” – 1 Corinthians 1:11-15
Paul is dealing with denominations, which are divisions in the body of Christ. Unfortunately, the modern Christian church building preachers ignore this verse and separate themselves into divisions under men’s names like (John) Calvinists, (Martin) Lutherans, (John The) Baptists, etc. Paul goes on to say:
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 3:1-11
Paul makes it clear that those that are divided or separated into denominations are carnal and still on milk. We know this to be true because we’ve witnessed the same message of salvation remixed 50,000 times without digging deep into the rest of the scriptures. Salvation is the first message many people receive prior to becoming a believer. The church buildings have done an excellent job planting the seeds of faith in Christ, but it is up to us to water those seeds so they can grow in the faith and knowledge of Christ. Here is how we do that:
- Start conversations with church going believers about Biblical history and the identity of Biblical people.
- Help them to understand why it’s important to Bible prophecy that we know the history and identity of Biblical people.
- Ask them questions that make them think and consider the answers to those questions.
- Encourage them to ask their pastors for answers.
- Share the BHITB app with them so that they can find those answers if / when their pastor fails to provide those answers.
Sharing the BHITB app is important because once they find the answers they are seeking, they will begin to share the app among others within that church. There is no reason to be disruptive to their services or disrespectful to their pastors. One on one conversations work best for spreading the entirety of Biblical truth beyond salvation. Once we are saved, there is a lot more to learn and we can help them learn it, even if their pastor wants to keep them sipping milk through a coffee straw.
SECTION I – DEFENDING YOUR POSITION
As an Israelite, there will come a time when you are confronted with questions. Many of those questions will stem from false information and false narratives being pushed online by groups that hate the idea of black people being Israel. The hate groups that spread this false information do not target any other group of people with their rhetoric, so it’s a good idea to know what will come your way and how to respond to it.
How can someone be saved?
The majority of Israelites believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ. This stems from the fact that many Israelites were raised in Christian churches and are still very active in Christian churches. Some Israelites do teach law keeping and works for salvation, but they do not represent the majority.
- Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that God raised Christ from the dead and thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:8-13).
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:8-13
Possible Follow Up Questions
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|What are the laws of Christ?||Matthew 22:34-40 (Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself)|
|Is salvation by grace or keeping the law?||Ephesians 2:8-9 (For by grace are ye saved.)|
Do Israelites believe in Jesus?
Some do. We are not a monolithic group of people, so there are Israelites that believe in Jesus and some that do not. There are some that believe in the savior of the Bible, but prefer to use his Hebrew name. There are variations of pronunciation, but it’s the same savior.
- Some do and some do not.
- Many do, but prefer to call him by his Hebrew name.
Possible Follow Up Questions
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|What is the Hebrew name of the Messiah according to Israelites?||The name varies from person to person. The most commonly used names and spellings are Jesus, Yahua, Yahuwah, Yashua, Yeshua, Yahawashi, and Yehoshua.|
Can you be both Christian and Israelite?
Yes. Israelites are just like any other nationality on the planet. Can you be Italian and Christian? Can you be Cushite and Christian? Can you be Jewish and Christian? Israelites are no different, but different requirements are placed on us because of our skin color. We know this to be true because no other nationality on earth is ever asked this question based solely on national identity claims. Not even “Jews For Jesus”.
- Yes. Israelite is a nationality just like Italian, Chinese, and Nigerian.
- Yes. And there are also Israelite Muslims, Mormons, and Atheists.
Possible Follow Up Questions
There are some Muslims that identify as ethnic Israelites. Because Israelite is an ethnic claim and not a religious claim, it is no different than any other ethnic group on the planet identifying with any of the myriad belief systems in existence.
Do Israelites teach race based salvation?
Some do, but most do not. Unfortunately, the media and many churches prefer to emphasize the minority beliefs in the Israelite community, while staying silent about what the majority of Israelites believe. There are Israelites that attend black Christian churches all over the world, and the vast majority of them teach that salvation is for all people regardless of color.
- Some do, but most do not.
Possible Follow Up Questions
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|What are the laws of Christ?||Matthew 22:34-40 (Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself)|
|Is salvation by grace or keeping the law?||Ephesians 6:8-9 (For by grace are ye saved through faith)|
General Belief Questions
What do Israelites believe?
Israelites are not a monolith and there is no faith involved in being an Israelite by birth. There are Israelite Christians, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, Atheists, Witches, and more. Within each of those belief systems, there are other nuances that show we are not a belief system, religion, or cult.
- Israelites are not a monolithic group of people.
- Israelites can and do come from all walks of life.
- There are Israelites of multiple faiths and some of no faith at all.
Possible Follow Up Questions
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|Why do Israelites have so many different beliefs?||Do you require any other ethnicity of people to have a unified set of beliefs or do you only require it from black people that claim Israelite as an ethnicity?|
|Why do Israelites have so many different beliefs?||No ethnicity of people on earth share a single unified set of beliefs. Israelites are no different.|
Do Israelites believe in the Bible?
Yes. The majority of Israelites believe in the Bible. However, there are nuances in this belief, as with any nationality of people. Some believe in both Old Testament and New Testament, some reject the writings of Paul, and some reject the entire New Testament. It’s best to talk to Israelites on an individual basis to determine what their beliefs are concerning the Bible.
- Yes. The majority of Israelites believe in the Bible.
Questions About Race
Do all Israelites hate white people?
No. Unfortunately, the biggest spreaders of this lie are people that profess to be brothers and sisters in Christ. This is just one of the many false narratives being pushed by the “love your neighbor as yourself” crowd.
- No. All Israelites do not hate white people.
Possible Follow Up Questions & Responses
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|I’ve seen videos of Black Hebrew Israelites making white people kiss their feet.||I’ve read history books that say white Christians owned slaves. Should we apply that to all white Christians?|
Why does skin color matter?
It doesn’t. Truth is what matters and the truth is that every human born on this planet is born with a skin color. If there is nothing wrong with Christ or Israel being depicted as white, Asian, or Arab, then there shouldn’t be a problem with them being depicted or described as black.
- All truth matters even if we don’t like it.
Possible Follow Up Questions & Responses
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|You’re teaching a skin doctrine.||Every person born on the planet has a skin color and teaching the truth about the skin color of human beings is not a skin doctrine.|
|Skin color doesn’t matter.||If skin color doesn’t matter, why do many churches teach that all black people descend from Ham, all white people descend from Japheth, and all brown Semitic people descend from Shem?|
What does Eurocentric mean?
The accusation of Christianity being a Eurocentric religion comes up often. Unfortunately, many Christians, especially black Christians will deny that there is a Eurocentric focus around scripture.
- Google “Jesus”
What are Israelite camps?
Camps are similar to church congregations and denominations, but instead of referring to themselves as belonging to a church, some Israelites prefer to call their gatherings “camps”. All camps do not share the same Biblical doctrine, so it’s best to speak to members of a camp on an individual basis to determine their beliefs.
- Camps are similar to church congregations and denominations, but instead of referring to themselves as belonging to a church, some Israelites prefer to call their gatherings “camps”.
Are Israelites a religious cult?
No. Being an Israelite is about nationality. Within every nationality on the planet, the people hold varying beliefs and join different groups. Israelites are no different. There are indeed some Israelites that are in cults, but identifying as an Israelite is separate from the belief system that an Israelite may choose to follow.
- No. Being an Israelite is about nationality or ethnicity. A cult is defined by Oxford’s dictionary as follows:
A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
A relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.
Israelites adhere to the Bible, but do not share a unified system of religious beliefs. Many Israelites belong to mainstream Christian denominations such as Baptists, COGIC, Pentacostal, and Non Denominational. By definition Christianity started out as a cult and then grew out of that definition over time.
- Do you ask any other nationality of people if their entire ethnicity is a cult?
How many Israelites are there?
Some people have tried to make estimated guesses based on the available information, but what we’ve seen over the last few years is that there are people that identify as Israelite, but not in public. We know the numbers is in the millions, but an exact number can’t be given.
- There are millions around the world, but nobody knows an exact number.
What is “The Awakening” all about?
“The Awakening” of Israel is based around several “end times” prophecies found in the Bible.
Do Israelites teach a “rape doctrine”?
The majority do not. There are some Israelites that do indeed teach that there will be rape in the kingdom, but they are in the very small minority. The vast majority understands that this doctrine is false and foolish. On the other hand, many Christian Apologists are completely silent about a well known Christian named Ravi Zacharias, who actually used his ministry to fund his worldwide raping tour.
- No. Only a handful of Israelites teach that there will be rape allowed in the kingdom. Based on what we know, less than 1% of all Israelites hold this belief.
Do Israelites follow the 12 Tribes Chart?
Some Israelites follow the “12 Tribes Chart”, but most do not. Most Israelites view the chart as false and do not use it to teach the identity of Israel.
- Most don’t, but some do.
- How is the 12 Tribe Chart any different than the teaching that everyone that accepts Christ as their Savior is Israel?
Israelite 12 Tribes Chart
European Version of The 12 Tribes Chart
SECTION II – QUESTIONS FOR THE OPPOSITION
This section is designed for you to challenge the opposition with tough questions that lead them to reconsider their position as to who modern day Israel really is and how our identity ties into the Biblical narrative. The majority of these questions are designed to address those of the Christian faith, but as this handbook is updated, more questions will be added to address other groups.
Questions About The Bible
Who was in the “mixed multitude” that left Egypt according to the Bible?
Some Christians will attempt to make this point when discussing the identity of Israel. This is a cop out statement that allows them to dismiss the issue. This question forces them to give you specifics from the Bible.
Why were people given white skin in the Bible?
In the Bible there are several examples of people’s skin color being changed to white. Asking them this question forces them to either examine the scripture or avoid them altogether. Further investigation reveals that white skin was only given (keyword is given) white skin as a sign, out of anger, or a curse.
If Asked For Scripture & Sources
- Moses (Exodus 4:6-8)
- Miriam (Numbers 12:1-16)
- Gehazi (2 Kings 5:15-27)
How can you identify Israel using the Bible?
Many Bible believers that aren’t familiar with the subject will often try to provide a racially neutral answer to a very obvious answer. In Deuteronomy 28 we are told that the curses will be a sign up on Israel and their seed forever. Because the verses deal directly with the harshness of slavery, many people will attempt to dismiss the chapter entirely by making the claim that it has already been fulfilled.
- Deuteronomy 28:15-68
- Luke 21:24
Questions About History
Where does the term “Sub Saharan Africa” come from?
Sub Saharan Africa is a term used to separate roughly 85% of Africa below the Sahara from North Africa. This terminology was created in an attempt to push a narrative that Negroes had nothing to do with the development, scientific accomplishments, and civilization of Egypt and other North African countries. The ideology was developed after Napoleon led an expedition to Egypt in 1798.
Is Judaism native to West Africa?
The presence of Judaism in Africa is undeniable, but for some reason there are people that refuse to believe Judaism made it to West Africa prior to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Not only was Judaism present in Africa, but the evidence shows that it may be native to West Africa and the people caught in the Transatlantic Slave Trade may have been targeted for practicing it.
How do older historical texts describe Jews?
Many older historical texts describe Jews as black, negroid, dark, sun darkened, and more. This question forces the person to either ignore it or attempt to explain it away as meaning something other than what it says. This tactic allows them to make a mental escape with their preconceived notions about race and scripture in tact.
- Black Skinned
Is there any evidence of Sub Saharan Africans (Black People) being Israelites?
Questions About Genealogy and Genetics
How do you know descendants of slaves are not related to the Israelites of the Bible?
This single question reveals that many that claim to be against “Skin Doctrine”, actually adhere to Skin Doctrine themselves. Here’s how you force them to admit to basing their conclusions on skin color?
- If they do not know you personally and know nothing about your family history, ask them on what basis are they making the claim that you are not a bloodline descendant of Israel.
Without knowing anything about you personally or your family history, the only factor they can be basing their conclusion on is skin color. If they have accused you of making the Bible about skin color, use their blatant hypocrisy to drive home the point that they are also making the Bible about skin color by not accepting your claim to be Israel, solely based on your skin color.
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10 Game Changing Questions For The Opposition
#1. Do you believe you descended from Ham?
#2. Which son of Ham do you descend from?
#3. If all black people descend from Ham, were the Egyptians, Libyans, and Canaanites also black people, or was it only the Cushites?
#4. According to the Bible, Jacob’s 12 sons had children with mostly Hamite women. Would those mixed children look more similar to you or to the people in the land today as far as skin color?
#5. According to the Bible, God told Jacob (Israel) to go to Egypt, Africa (The Land of Ham) and he would there make him a great nation (Genesis 46:3). Why did God send Jacob and his family to Africa in order to make them a great nation?
#6. If 70 Israelites went into Africa and over 600,000 men came out of Egypt, Africa, who did the Israelites marry and have children with while they were in Africa?
#7. Were Moses and Paul mistaken for Egyptian descendants of Ham because they both dressed like Egyptians, or was it for some other reason?
#8. According to multiple historical sources, Israel fled into Africa in 70 AD to escape Roman invasion. Are there any tribes in Africa that claim to be Israelites instead of Hamites?
#9. Out of all the tribes in Africa that claim to Israelites, do any of them have ancestors that were taken into slavery during the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
#10. Are any black people in America descended from any of the tribes that claim to be Israelites and had people taken in the Transatlantic slave Trade?
SECTION III – INCONSISTENCIES
Throughout your journey as an Israelite apologist, you will encounter many widely held, but often inconsistent Bible doctrines. Twisted views of history and often ignored Bible prophecies are included in this section as well. This section will help you navigate the ones you’re are most likely to encounter.
Amillennialism vs. Dispensationalism
The Essentials of The Christian Faith
The following list of items are considered “the essentials” of the Christian faith. However, it is important to note that the term is misleading. All denominations do not agree on the essentials and the list may vary from church to church.
- Salvation by grace through faith in Christ.
- Christ was crucified, buried, and rose again on the third day.
One of the biggest false teachings within the church building is that we need to be “locked into” a church home. Terminology like this is a key indicator that you are dealing with a cult member. The phrase “locked in” is not found in the Bible, nor does the Bible imply that it is a necessity for a believer.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
SECTION IV – COMMON ARGUMENTS & TALKING POINTS
There are no more land promises for Israel.
Even though the Bible never says that Israel would no longer receive their promises, there are still some people that teach that to be the case. There are others that claim that all of Israel’s promises were given to the Christian Church, and that the Christian Church is the new Israel (Replacement Theology).
There’s no evidence that black people are Israel.
This statement is most often made by people that haven’t researched the subject. They’ll often offer a list of irrelevant reasons why it can’t be true, but these reasons are based on their own bias and ignorance of the subject.
Possible Follow Up Responses
|Their Statement||Your Response|
|I haven’t seen any evidence to support black people being Israelites.||Refer them to the BHITB website or share the app with them (click “SHARE”).|
|What you showed me doesn’t prove anything?||What is your standard of proof that you require from everyone else to prove their ethnic claims?|
|Your culture should be in Christ.||Do you tell that to Italians, Irish, Dutch, or other Europeans or only to black people that embrace their culture?|
|God doesn’t care about skin color?||If God doesn’t care about skin color, why didn’t he make everyone the same skin color?|
Suggested Viewing – Playlist
Deuteronomy 28 doesn’t apply to black people.
This is another one of of those arguments that gets repeated, but often by someone that hasn’t researched the subject themselves, but have already made up their mind as to its conclusion. This statement is completely false. Please view the video series below to understand why many Israelites believe that Deuteronomy 28 can only apply to the descendants of slavery.
Possible Followup Statements
|Deuteronomy 28 has been fulfilled already.||Can I have an exact date and the name of your source so I can check it out for myself?|
|Deuteronomy 28 doesn’t match the history of the transatlantic slave trade.||Refer to the video below (A Sign Upon You and Your Seed Forever).|
|Nobody interpreted Deuteronomy 28 like this until the Israelite camps started teaching it that way.||Refer to the video below (400 Years of Interpreting Deuteronomy 28).|
Leaving Church Is The Same As Leaving Faith In Christ
This is a fallacious argument put forth from people that have a cult mentality. They will often attempt to scare people into submission by pushing the lie that one must attend a church (building) in order to be a follower of Christ. As part of this false doctrine, they also teach that if you leave a church (building), it is the same as leaving the faith in Christ.
Our Culture Should Be In Christ
We find that this doctrine is not uniform across the board. This seems to be a doctrine specifically created to address black people that claim a descent from the Biblical nation of Israel.
- Do you teach this exact same doctrines to Europeans and other or only to black people?
- Do you teach this doctrine to black people that identify as African American?
- Do you teach this same doctrine to black people that identify as Hamites?
SECTION V – CHARTS AND DOWNLOADS
Bible Prophecy Topical Study Chart
This chart comes in handy when discussing Bible prophecy, but more specifically end time Bible prophecy as it relates to the nation of Israel.
The New Testament Laws of Moses
This chart comes in handy when discussing the Law vs. Grace / Liberty.
Israelite and Hamite Intermixing Chart
This chart shows Biblical references to the Israelites and Hamites that mixed in scripture. We can look at mixed people today, even when the mix is between a white person and a black person, and we can tell that the child of the union is mixed with black. When two groups of dark people mix, it will produce a dark child, with the exception of albinos.
The following chart shows the probability of descendants of slaves fulfilling up to 15 out of 61 Bible prophecies about Israel in the Bible.
SECTION VI – A GLOSSARY OF TERMINOLOGY
Glossary of Terminology
- Afrocentric – regarding African or black culture as preeminent.
- BHI – Black Hebrew Israelites
- Camp Doctrine – This terminology attributes certain doctrine to Israelite Camps, but upon further inspection, many of these doctrines are often linked to one or several Christian denominations in origin.
- COGIC – Church of God In Christ
- Eurocentric – focusing on European culture or history to the exclusion of a wider view of the world; implicitly regarding European culture as preeminent.
- Locked In – This terminology is used to manipulate believers into accepting the ideology that one needs to be “locked in” to a local church. There is no scripture to support this belief.
- Moderates – A racist term used to differentiate between black believers in Christ and black believers in Christ that claim Israelite as a nationality. This term is not used to describe Europeans that claim to be Israel or groups such as Jews For Jesus.
- Primary Issue – In Christian doctrine, the only primary issue is salvation. Denominations differ on this subject, which results in some being labeled as “cults” when they don’t agree with the majority on this issue.
- Primary Source – This is the closest source to an event. These consist of eye witness accounts, autobiographies, confessions, etc.
- Secondary Issue – These are issues that are not considered to be salvational. Pretty much all other spiritual issues outside of salvation fall into this category.
- Skin Doctrine – A made up term to describe when black people talk about skin color. This term is not used towards any other group that talks about skin color or chooses a specific skin color as the dominant representation in TV, movies, etc.
- Tertiary Issue – It’s rare that someone will refer to a tertiary issues because most people will simply classify all non salvational issues as secondary.
10 THINGS TO STUDY BEFORE ENGAGING BLACK HEBREW ISRAELITES
This addendum to SECTION I was created in response to an article published by the Jude 3 Project. Their article serves as the foundation for many Christian apologists that hate Israelites. Each section below deals with the corresponding point in their article. Click here to see the original article.
The Introduction of The Article
The introduction of the article starts off with the intent to offend a specifically black audience. The writer employed a common cult tactic of intentionally mislabeling an ethnicity claim as a “cult”. This is only done to black people that claim a connection to Biblical Israel.
- Have you ever seen any other ethnicity of people labeled as a cult?
- Why are black people labeled as a cult for claiming a connection to Biblical Israel, but Ashkenazi Jews are not?
- Why does the article feel the need to deceive its readers into believing black people are automatically a cult if we identify as descendants of Biblical Israelites?
Another dishonest approach we find in the introduction is the intentional and deceptive division of “Christians” from “Black Hebrew Israelites”. This is a subliminal attempt to manipulate the reader into equating an ethnicity claim with a religious claim. Many Israelites are Christian by faith.
- Why are European Christian Jews allowed to be called Jews For Jesus, but Israelites aren’t allowed to identify and be accepted as Christians, but instead are labeled a cult?
- Why are black people forced to choose between ethnicity and faith, but no other group in the Christian church is forced to do so?
- Why is the assumption made that if a black person ethnically identifies as descendants of Biblical Israel, we need to hear the gospel?
#1. Do You Know How and Why Christ Has Fulfilled The Law?
This section of the article attempts to deceive the reader into believing that all Israelites share a universal faith in “The Laws of Moses” for salvation. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Israelite views on salvation usually fall into three major categories and a minority fourth category.
- Salvation is by grace through faith alone in Christ.
- Salvation comes by keeping The Law.
- Salvation comes by faith in Christ and keeping The Law.
- Nobody is saved yet and won’t be saved until Christ returns.
For the purposes of this handbook, we’re going to focus on the nuances of point #1. An Israelite that believes in salvation by grace through faith alone in Christ, can easily shut down this entire approach from an Urban Apologist. By shutting down this argument immediately, most of the opposition will be caught off guard, and forced to either stop their efforts or admit that their only remaining problem is you being black and identifying as a descendant of Biblical Israel.
#2. Do You Know How We Received and Translate The Bible?
They begin this section by making the claim that “many in the Black Hebrew Israelite camp believe that the King James Version is the only authentic version, while also affirming the Apocrypha.” This sentence is only a little bit of truth mixed with lots of lies.
- Many Israelites are “King James Only”.
- Many Israelites affirm the Apocrypha.
- There is no singular “Black Hebrew Israelite Camp”.
- There are multiple camps that share different beliefs, no different in nature than that of the many Christian denominations.
- Not all Israelites belong to a camp.
- Many Israelites still attend Christian churches.
- Many Israelites still identify as Christian, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Mormon, Muslim, etc. by faith.
That one sentence is full of misrepresentation, including subliminally leading the reader to believe that the “King James Only” position and affirmation of the Apocrypha are out of the ordinary. These two beliefs are very prevalent among European Christians as well. In fact, if you type in “King James Only” on YouTube, you don’t get Israelites as the top results, but European Christians.
The following video breaks down the “King James Only-ism” position and its history in the Christian church. In this regard, many Israelites have more in common with the Christian Church than not. Pay very close attention and take note of the points both videos make at the very end about “King James Only-ism”.
Suggested Viewing – King James Only
- Why does the article deceptively attempt to present the KJV Only position as if it is linked to the ethnic claim of being an Israelite?
- Do you believe a KJV Only position should cause division within the body of Christ?
Concerning the affirmation of the Apocrypha (Hidden Books), these books are also affirmed by most Christians. The Catholic Bible contains the full Apocrypha along side of the 66 found in the KJV. Catholicism is the biggest Christian denomination on the planet, which means that most Christians on the plant affirm the Apocrypha.
- Why is Israelite affirmation of the Apocrypha treated differently than Catholic Christian affirmation of the same text?
Suggested Viewing – Apocrypha
- Why do Christians disagree on whether the Apocrypha should be affirmed as scripture?
- Does the article give you the impression that that there are Christians that also affirm the Apocrypha?
- What specifically is the problem with reading the Apocrypha for a better historical understanding of Jewish history?
#3. Do You Know The History of The Jewish People?
This question opens the door for historical discussion on the history of Israel, including the worldwide scattering of Israel via slavery. Once an apologist opens the door to the historical conversation, do not allow them to close the door by changing the subject. Any apologist using the original article, will inevitably bring history into the conversation. This is where they are completely out of their league.
Suggested Viewing – The Formation of Israel
#4. Do You Know God’s Redemptive Plan To Save All People and Nations?
This question, like many of the others, assumes camp affiliation among all Israelites. It also goes much further in assuming that Israelites don’t understand that salvation is for all people on earth that put faith in the Messiah. According to Romans 10:8-13 if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Christ is risen from the dead, you shall be saved.
- Romans 10:8-13
#5. Are You Competent Enough To Have A Discussion About The Hebrew Language?
#6. Are You Competent Enough To Have A Conversation About Racism and Racial Reconciliation?
Again, like much of the article, the very first sentence is intended to be deceptive. The sentence starts by labeling ideology held by some (not all) Israelites as “mythology”, but the very next sentence confirms that what is being talked about is not mythology.
“Much of Black Hebrew Israelite mythology evolves around the idea that “Edomites”, or white people in America, are deceiving and pacifying people of color with a whitewashed Christianity. In some cases, this does happen.”
How can something be mythology according to them, but in some cases happens, also according to them? That is a very clear example of double talk. It is in the following sentences that we see the true agenda revealed. They are more concerned about the representation of Christianity than the factual history of things done in the name of Christianity.
“However, it is not a good representation of Global Christianity or the strong activism and Biblical worldview of the historic black church. This heresy often leads to racism and xenophobia amongst certain camps. Edomites are often seen as condemned and not part of God’s redemptive plan.”
There are several lies that occur in the first sentence above:
- Christianity has whitewashed the Bible. Proof of that can be found by going to Google and typing “Jesus” or “Jesus Movies”. The majority of movies will feature a white Jesus, white disciples, white apostles, white Egyptians, and white Canaanites, even though the majority of the Old Testament takes place in Africa and the modern Middle East.
- The historic black church does not take any official stance on whether or not Edomites or white people in America have whitewashed Christianity. But, if you ask attendees of black churches if they believe that history has been whitewashed, the majority will agree that it has.
- They refer to a belief that Christian history has been whitewashed as “heresy”. Whitewashing is a historical fact and furthermore, does not fit the definition of heresy. This is a CULT tactic used against Christian believers to scare them into compliance with the point of view being presented.
- They claim that presenting historically factual information about whitewashing leads to xenophobia and racism amongst certain camps. Again, this is not true. This is an attempt to avoid admitting that for over 400 years in America, descendants of slaves have been brutally oppressed by Europeans that also claimed to be Christians. In order for slavery and oppression to last as long as they have, the majority of Christians would have to agree in action or by inaction. The church is faster to speak up against an Israelite that believes in Christ than they are against an openly racist European that professes to be a Christian.
- Assuming they’re using the term “racism” in a colloquial sense and not a literal sense, their statement is still false. If one group of people spent over 400 years enslaving, raping, murdering, and oppressing your people; its not racist to not want anything to do with them. Racism, in the sense that the article uses it in, implies that Israelites that belong to camps solely hate Europeans based on nothing more than skin color, and completely ignores factual history of black treatment by Europeans in America.
- The last sentence that Edomites are often seen as condemned and not part of God’s redemptive plant, is also not true. This video is held by a minority of Israelites because most Israelites still maintain the Biblical belief that Christ came to redeem Israel, but Israel rejected him, thereby opening up the opportunity for salvation to the rest of the world.
- Why does the article define whitewashed Christianity as mythology and then immediately confirm that it is a reality?
#7. Do You Have An Accurate Account of The Transatlantic Slave Trade?
If they open this door, use it as an opportunity to make the connections between Israel, West Africa, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Apologists are often very weak in historical facts and will often repeat things that they’ve heard, while be unaware of other information that is out there. The following are a few suggested topics of discussion. Alternatively, you can use the Omnidex to find any other information that you may find useful.
- Black Jews Deported From Portugal To West Africa
- 115 Towns of The Tribe of Judah In West Africa
- 1747 Map – Kingdom of Judah Marked As The Slave Coast
- Black Jews Were Being Targeted For Slavery
- Igbos In Nigeria Claim To Be Descendants of Biblical Israel
- Sephardic Beit Din Declares Igbo Jews To Be Descendants of Biblical Israelites Blacks In America Are Linked To Igbo Jews In Nigeria
- What is the earliest known account of slaves identifying as Israelites?
- Correct Answer: Gabriel Prosser (late 1700s – 1800)
- What is the earliest known use of the term “African American”?
- Correct Answer: 1782
#8. Have You Consulted The Best Commentaries On Deuteronomy?
This section of the article attempts to deal with Deuteronomy 28, which many (not all) Israelites link to the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The word “best” is subjective and depends on the person doing the reading. What’s best to one person may be absolute garbage to another person. Fortunately, the article makes two suggestions:
- Deuteronomy (Evangelical Press Study Commentary) (EPSC Commentary Series) by John D. Currid
- Deuteronomy (Apollos Old Testament Commentary) by J. G. McConville
1 – John D. Currid
2- J. G. McConville
The above two men are who the article suggests wrote the best commentaries to explain whether or not Deuteronomy 28 has to do with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. We should assume that when the article says “best”, what it really means is European.
#9. Are You Aware of The Black Presence In The Bible & Church History?
If an apologist comes to you with this question or a question similar to it, it would be the perfect time to share the BHITB app with them. The amount of information on the black presence in the Bible and church history is often overwhelming to those new to the subject because the “church” has traditionally limited how much black history we are allowed to talk about.
#10. Do You Know The Camp You Are Reaching?
This section of the article leads the apologist to automatically assume they are engaging someone that belongs to a camp. We know that the majority of Israelites do not belong to a camp, but that is the deceptive narrative that many apologists choose to push.
CHRISTIAN / ISRAELITE Q&A APP
This addendum was created in response to the Christian / Israelite Q&A app created by Urban Apologetics cult member Matthew Salih. From start to finish, the app takes verses out of context while omitting any verses that present a problem to the narrative being pushed. He also goes out of his way to lump all Israelites together and completely misrepresent what it is different groups of Israelites believe. Overall, his app is a racist and lazy attempt to push a deceptive narrative, which should cast doubt on his testimony to be a believer seeking to help people. If he was really seeking to help anyone, he would start with the truth and leave out all of the deception.
#1. Did God Fulfill The Land Promises He Gave To Israel?
Matthew claims that the land promises to Israel have been fulfilled, but he neglects many of the land promises that mention what would take place when the land is restored to Israel. Any fulfilled land promises would certainly be easily verifiable through historical research, but they are not. The only question we need to ask is if these promises have been fulfilled. If not, we must concede that it has not happened yet. Here are a few verses that were ignored:
“For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.” – Isaiah 14:1 – 2
According to the above verses, Israel would possess their oppressors as servants “in the land of the Lord”, but we do not find this happening at any point in history so far. This means its either not going to happen or it is still to come.
“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.” – Ezekiel 11:17 – 18
According to Ezekiel, all detestable things will be removed from the land, but currently the land of Israel holds the largest yearly gay pride parade in the world. Unless we are to conclude that homosexual parades are not detestable, then this prophecy is still to be fulfilled.
#2. What Makes One An Israelite?
How Matthew answers this question demonstrates his lack of understanding when it comes to scripture what it means to be an Israelite. He claims that Israelites were never a race to begin with but a covenant faith, people, and nation. He also claims that circumcision is a “requirement” for gentiles to become one of them. To prove his point he begins at Genesis 34:15 – 16. I’ll start at verse 14.
“And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised; for that were a reproach unto us: But in this will we consent unto you: If ye will be as we be, that every male of you be circumcised; Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.” – Genesis 34:14 – 16
These verses occur after the rape of Jacob’s daughter Dinah. There are two major things to note based on his starting place. He is right about Israel being a covenant people, but the context in which he presents it is wrong.
#1. Abraham was given the covenant of circumcision, but he was called a Hebrew and NOT an Israelite (Genesis 14:13). TMH then passed that covenant on to Isaac and Jacob. However, it wasn’t until Jacob’s name was changed that we are first introduced to Israel and his descendants called Israelites.
- Isaac was the son of Abraham but he was never called an Israelite.
- Ishmael was the son of Abraham but he was never called an Israelite.
If circumcision was the only requirement, Abraham and all eight of his sons would’ve been considered Israelites.
#2. Israel was not yet a nation in Genesis 34. The were less than 70 in number at this time. We know this because when they finally enter Egypt, there are only 70 of them. A nation is made up of a lot more than 70 people.
“All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six; And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.” – Genesis 46:26-27
The children of Israel were the descendants of Jacob, which is why it is referred to as “the house of Jacob”. The mixing that Matthew is referring to would’ve represented the people of Schechem mixing in with Israel through marriage, which is why he does not emphasize the part of verse 16 that reads “then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.”
In context, the brothers were requiring circumcision first and then marriages between the people to literally join them together as one people / nation.
#4. What Is Sin?
Matthew’s question is very straightforward, but he provides a completely convoluted and non Biblical answer. He defines sin as follows:
“All wrong doing. All unrighteousness is sin. And there is a sin not unto death.”
However, the Bible defines sin as follows:
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” – 1 John 3:4