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African Hebrew Israelite: Oxymoronic or Redundant?

African Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrew Israelites have had an interesting run in mainstream media. Let's unpack this.

The Hebrew Israelite “movement” was publicly recognized in the 1960s when Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, a Chicago native, began the “spiritual movement.” After claiming that he received a vision from the angel Gabriel to lead the children of Israel to the promised land and establish the Kingdom of God, Ben-Israel and a few others began active work to establish the Abeta Hebrew Israel Culture Center. In the early days, Liberia was considered to be a viable settlement for the group. After a year or two, Ben-Israel and over 40 other members relocated to Israel under the Law of Return after experiencing unfavorable conditions created by the Liberian government and economy.

The Israeli Law of Return passed on July 5, 1950, gives Jews (people with one or more Jewish grandparents) and their spouses the right to relocate and acquire citizenship in Israel. History goes on and we come to the present day where dozens of “African Hebrew Israelites” face fears of deportation from their homes in the Village of Peace located in Dimona, Israel. Although many citizens there were born in Israel and have been there for generations, due to improper documentation, the Israeli government is threatening to deport them.

But if that is the only home they’ve ever known and have never had any citizenship anywhere else, where would these so-called African / Black Hebrew Israelites be deported to?

One main point always gets me when I analyze the language used in reference to The Most High’s Nation. What is an African Hebrew Israelite? What is a Black Hebrew Israelite?

As far as I’m concerned, this is a continuation of the byword and proverb prophesied in Deuteronomy 28:37,

“And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.” (KJV)

The Most High’s children are Hebrew and come from the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (later renamed Israel). The 400 years of oppression prophecy found in Genesis 15:13-14 and the Transatlantic Slave Trade prophecy found in Deuteronomy 28 describe the captivity that was to come where over 12 million Africans were sent to the Americas as chattel slaves.

Further questioning is required. African Americans came to America as slaves. Which means that they came from Africa. This is where the hyphenated byword, “African-American,” comes into play. We know from scripture that the people the Bible speaks of who endured this oppression were The Most High’s nation of people, the Israelites, who were Hebrew. If these are all synonyms for the same thing, what is the purpose of lumping them together? Does each word not denote the same group of people?

Here is the second point. The Jews, those who have inhabited the state of Israel since 1948 have been publicly acknowledged by the mainstream as the chosen people of God. This ethno-religious group practices Judaism, a religion allegedly founded by Abraham upon the premise of Torah law. This statement raises more questions. How could Abraham have founded a religion when The Most High spoke of a seed that was to come, not a religion? Refer back to Genesis 15. How could the publicly acknowledged Jews of today be the same ones prophesied to endure a 400-year oppression in a stranger’s land?

Was this critical piece of history overlooked? News outlets and mainstream media use words such as “claim,” “believe,” and “allege” at the mention of “African Hebrew Israelite” or “Black Hebrew Israelite.” The awakening of Hebrews across the four corners of the earth is often described by Jewish nonprofit organizations as an extremist hate group, spiritual movement, religion, black nationalism, or cult. Black public figures have even been labeled antisemitic, terrorists, or supporters of hate speech for speaking out.

Could it be that the most protected secret of all time has finally come to light? Simple math shows that 400 years have ended. The revolution will not be televised, but the rebirth of a nation will be recognized. Unification efforts are underway and the children of The Most High are gathering to build under a new premise of light, life, and love. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Dimona who are facing deportation. Through the power and strength of The Most High, His Nation will be one once again and will be placed back into our land as promised. Until this day comes, it’s important that we follow The Most High’s command to gather and confidently await the return of our Creator.

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