Monday, December 15, 2014

The Making Of The Races: What's Melanin Got To Do With It

"You Can Trick Anything Into Believing A Lie" Quote from the character of Jeremy one of the horsemen on the show Sleepy Hollow season 2 episode 1
 
As Exodus: God’s and Kings opened this past weekend in movie theatres across the country it was preceded by the flap of more controversy caused by the comments of Rupert Murdoch CEO of  21st Century Fox .  On twitter, Murdoch not seemingly understanding what all the fuss was about stated, “Moses film attacked on twitter for all white cast.  Since when are Egyptians not white?  All I know are.”  Murdoch’s comment defy comprehension as he manifest ignorance as to the people who would have been inhabiting and ruling Egypt during the time of Moses which is obviously thousands of years ago and do not account for the conquering presence of whites into Egypt as Turks during the rise of the Ottoman empire.  Also, he apparently does not know a lot of people in Egypt which surely still contain a residue of its original dark inhabitants overrun by the mulatto intermediary racial offspring of the native Egyptians and white Turks.  Murdoch’s comment additionally validates my point about whites dwelling in the pyramid of Ham and by that I mean they have taken over the identity of a people biblically and historically designated as Black.
          In my last article “Sons of Ham”, I made the point of stating that when God created Adam he would have created him dark brown or Black for the simple reason that melanin protects the skin from the damaging rays of the sun.  Thus, the question that naturally arises is where does white skin come from?  This is a question that scientist like to theorize and address in their quest for the origins of man particularly if they are working from a theory of evolution. It is not one that I particularly ever thought about until a couple of years ago and thought it an interesting query.  One theory that I have heard and read about was that white skin evolved from that of being black in order to be able to produce vitamin D from the sun in cooler climates.   But this theory is without merit because even if you ascribe to theory of evolution it would make little to no sense for nature to give you one deficiency to compensate for another.

        The other proposition is albinism.  This one is more logical because albinism is generally defined as a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes.  According to www.medical-dictionary.the freedictionary.com, "many types of albinism exist all of which involve lack of pigment in varying degrees."  Also, it states “ although people with albinism may experience a variety of eye problems, one of the myths about albinism is that it causes people to have pink or red eyes. In fact people with albinism can have irises varying from light gray to blue to brown."  They also noted that it is a condition that can lead to skin cancer later in life.  It is common knowledge that white people who are out in the sun a lot without sunscreen are prone to skin cancer in their latter years or even sooner.  The actor Hugh Jackman is a recent example of this.  He has had skin cancer three times and now urges others to use sunscreen. What makes the difference as to whether a white person will get skin cancer is the level of melanin in their genetics.  Obviously, if they have a relative in their family who was of the black and brown races they may be more resistant to skin cancer.
Additionally, according to www.albinism.org  Recent research has used analysis of DNA, the chemical that encodes genetic information, to arrive at a more precise classification system for albinism. Four forms of OCA are now recognized – OCA1, OCA2, OCA3 and OCA4; some are further divided into subtypes.
  • Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 (OCA1 or tyrosinase-related albinism) results from a genetic defect in an enzyme called tyrosinase (hence ‘ty’ above). This enzyme helps the body to change the amino acid tyrosine into pigment. (An amino acid is a “building block” of protein.) There are two subtypes of OCA1. In OCA1A, the enzyme is inactive and no melanin is produced, leading to white hair and very light skin. In OCA1B, the enzyme is minimally active and a small amount of melanin is produced, leading to hair that may darken to blond, yellow/orange or even light brown, as well as slightly more pigment in the skin.
  • Oculocutaneous albinism type 2 (OCA2 or P gene albinism) results from a genetic defect in the P protein that helps the tyrosinase enzyme to function. Individuals with OCA2 make a minimal amount of melanin pigment and can have hair color ranging from very light blond to brown.
  • Oculocutaneous albinism type 3 (OCA3) is rarely described and results from a genetic defect in TYRP1, a protein related to tyrosinase. Individuals with OCA3 can have substantial pigment.
  • Oculocutaneous albinism type 4 (OCA4) results from a genetic defect in the SLC45A2 protein that helps the tyrosinase enzyme to function. Individuals with OCA4 make a minimal amount of melanin pigment similar to persons with OCA2.  
     As a point of reference, last year on October 22, 2013 a little girl dubbed a “blond angel” was thought to be kidnapped by a Roma gypsy couple.  The article can be found at www.scmp.com  and elsewhere. She was removed from their custody and the search was on for her real parents.  The couple denied kidnapping her as they claimed they had adopted her.  When the little girl’s biological mother was found, it was revealed that she was one of several albino children but that her mother gave her away because she was too poor to keep her.  Her mother and father were also Roma gypsy with her mother having darker light brown skin.  What is notable about this incidence is other white people nor anyone else could not tell she was an albino.  

     The little girl looked liked any white European child with blonde hair and blue eyes.  It seemed she would fit into the OCA2 type albinism.   Just from the one example of this little girl and her other siblings like her it reasonable to conclude that white people are the relatives of people like the Roma gypsy who according to www.livescience.com migrated to Europe from northwest India 1500 years ago.  I am inclined to believe that the Roma are also descendants or are of the same type of people who were a constituent group in ancient Greece and Italy and in them Japheth the oldest son of Noah albeit with original dark brown and black skin is finally located.  Also unlike Hamitic Africans, it appears that Indian Roma do not persecute their albinos but perhaps reproduce with them.  This would in turn lead to a lightening of their skin tone as it has done for centuries when Blacks and Whites have children. 

     If there is enough of this mating you end up with mixed race offspring who tend to not look like either parent but another in between racial group who if they mate with each other produce a phenotype which calcifies or becomes a subset of the original parents.  If the offspring produces with the racial group of either parent his child takes on the phenotype of that particular parent diluting the phenotype of the other parent.  If his offspring does the same, the other for instance black parent’s gene is steadily diminished until he phenotypes out.  He may actually loose phenotype by the third generation and sometimes it occurs in the first biracial offspring. 

     Therefore, when one considers history and look at the world today wherever Whites have encountered Blacks and by that I don’t necessarily mean Africans but people with melanin skin of brown and black there has tended to be race mixing which results in a band of mulattoes who more often than not this side of the resurrection has forgotten Black grandpa and grandma in the closet.  Who is Egyptian becomes redefined, who is Arab becomes redefined, who is European becomes redefined, who is Berber becomes redefined and so on and so on.   It is from the neglect of history and basic observation of racial miscegenation even today that Rupert Murdoch and those like him can so easily write Blacks out of history and state with perhaps sincere ignorance “Since When Are Egyptians Not White.”  The following is a picture of Maria and her real mother.

Maria is the little blond mystery girl found at a Roma Camp in Greece 



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sons Of Ham

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. (Acts 17:26)
 
 
 
In my last article Egypt: Dwelling In the Pyramid of Ham, I dealt with Whites treatment of the ancient Egyptians and how they are depicted as being White particularly in regards to movies.  I made reference to Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Exodus: God’s and Kings which has already engendered controversy due to the casting of the main characters as Whites and the slaves, servants and thieves as non-whites.  However, the visual depiction of ancient societies particularly biblical characters as Caucasians is not a phenomenon of Ridley Scott’s aforementioned movie.  It is just the norm for anything coming out of Hollywood whether it be from a secular or Christian perspective.  Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ,  Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Son of God, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel’s Noah are current examples of movies that whitewash what was a melanin world. 
Interestingly, the Old testament is a book which if you read carefully is a collection of writings chronicling the lives of people and nations of color.  The reason I begin with a discussion about Egypt is because no nation figures as prominently in the lives of the ancient Hebrews or Israel as does Egypt and secondarily the Cushites.   Whereas supposed scholars have gone out of their way to remove the melanin or Blackness from Egypt, they generally agree that the Cushites were Blacks.   But, if the Cushites or Ethiopians as they were also referred to in antiquity were Black, then it follows that the ancient Egyptians were Black as well.  Why is this?  It is not because the bible goes out of its way to describe people, because it does not.  It is because when the sons of Noah are being described Cush and Egypt are described as brothers and sons of Ham. 
It does not take a genius to figure out that brothers generally look alike if they have the same parents.  Therefore,  if Cush was universally known as Black, then it follows that his brother Mizraim or Egypt would be Black also.   The many artifacts and statuary of ancient Egypt and even the Sudan of the Nubians corroborates the book of Genesis.  It is from Cush that Nimrod his son noted as a mighty hunter before the Lord (Genesis 10:9) built the early kingdoms of Babel in the land of Shinar (gasp!) yes not in Africa where White antiquarians fix all Black people but in Mesopotamia which some say is modern day Iraq.  Nimrod also built the ancient city of Nineveh in Assyria, once again not in Africa.  It is axiomatic that if Nimrod built these cities he took his equally Black family members with him to settle these places. 
 Another people the Israelites had conflict with from time to time were the Philistines who were related to Mizraim via his son Casluhim, making them Black as well.   Canaan was the last mentioned son of Ham and of course their dealings with the Israelites were well documented.  Canaan was the father of Sidon also known as the Phoenicians and their place of settlement was known to be along the Mediterranean coast between Tyre and Beirut in what is now Lebanon.  Once again you have a Black nation not located in Africa proper as we know it today. 
Throughout the bible the Israelites have skirmishes, fights, times of oppression and times of victories with the sons of Ham.   The very people who are always doing movies and documentaries about biblical characters would do well to read the bible they base their movies on.  When God calls Abraham, he calls him to leave his native land of Ur of Chaldeans which it is stated was located in Southern Babylon now halfway between Baghdad and the Southern Gulf.  Abraham, therefore was living in a place founded by Nimrod son of Cush.  The issues Israelites had with the sons of Ham unlike today would have had little to do with skin color as they would have been of the same.  The issues Israel had with other nations always had to do with them worshipping and going after foreign gods who did not call them or deliver them from the hands of their enemies. 
When God created Adam it is apparent that he created him with melanin from at least a very dark brown color to Black.  From there all other men would come as He placed within the Black race the phenotype for all people.  This can be noted by simple observation of people In Africa and around the world which I did many years ago.  The common denominator of all indigenous people the world over is melanin for some from very dark to light brown.  Some of the Blackest people I have seen are from the country of India with many of them having what is termed a “Caucasoid phenotype”.  It demonstrates day in and day out that that having Black skin is not accidental or some kind of aberration but was well thought out in the mind of God with a most basic purpose of protecting the skin from being damaged by the sun. 
On the contrary, it is an aberration to have White skin as it does not protect from the damaging rays of the sun without some sort of sunscreen.  It is the reason pale people are prone to skin cancer.  Thus, white people are not progenitors of any race of people but are derived from a Black people and one need only find the group which fits their phenotype. 
This week the American people were given evidence that people in government will deliberately lie and obfuscate the truth in order to further an agenda.  This not so shocker came in the form of Jonathan Gruber an architect of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare.  Forbes.com quote him as saying, “The stupidity of the American voter made it important for him and the democrats to hide Obamacare’s true cost from the public.”  Jonathan Gruber’s comment is indicative of how the American people are treated at large regarding history.
 People have agenda’s and they do not care if they have to lie, obfuscate, muddy the waters or whatever to accomplish it and it is no less with those areas which are spiritual.  The obfuscating of Blacks role in history may be rooted in some ancient antagonisms of Blacks and Whites in times past but it is validated in the spirit world.  It seems that the ability of both man and the principalities and powers to sustain where there are is dependent upon Blacks being reviled and deleted from the annals of history even if the ones they delete have little or nothing to do with their future usurpation.  But as Jonathan Gruber has shown the stupidity of some run deep and it is all that is needed sometimes to pull off the trickiest of cons.


 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Egypt: Dwelling In The Pyramid of Ham


        When I was a young girl every Easter after church, my sisters and I and a host of cousins would visit my great-grandmother’s home and without fail we would watch The Ten Commandments starring Charleston Heston as Moses, Yul Brynner as Rameses and  Ann Baxter as Nefertiri.  It was quite spectacular to my young mind and even though I had seen it several times I was still entertained.  I did not know much about Egypt so there was no controversy for me in regards to the race of the actors portraying these biblical figures.  However, once I matriculated to college and begin to be exposed to books about Africa and Egypt, I noticed that for some mysterious reason people were always haggling over who the ancient Egyptians were.   I remember in my sophomore year taking an art history class where slides were shown of Egyptian artwork and the professor remarked that it was artistic convention for males to be painted reddish brown and females a yellow color.  In regards to what the ancient Egyptians called themselves Kemit, white scholars always claimed that it referred to the soil, while black scholars claimed it referred to the color of the Egyptians themselves. 

            As I read other books about Egypt it was always the same evasion of who they were if the books were written by a White person.  They could be anything but Black as in identified with the other people of the African continent.  If they were Black, they were still somehow White as they would be Black Hamites, belonging to the Caucasian branch of humanity or they were the ever ambiguous  Mediterranean people, whatever that is.  It was like watching an elaborate shell game.  But my own eyes and common sense told me these people were indeed Black Africans.  One look at the sphinx even with the nose disfigured reveals a black phenotype consistent with what we see of Black people today.  Cheik Anta Diop in his book The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality, presented in my view the best case for the race of the ancient Egyptians which I do not believe any Western Eurocentric scholar has ever successfully rebutted.  Unlike, my art history class he was comprehensive and presented many photos of artifacts my art history professor conveniently left out.    

            I know of no ancient civilization that ignites people’s passion like Egypt.  Even today in 2014 the ancient Egyptians stir up controversy.   The Huffington Post reported that Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Exodus: Gods and Kings has been criticized because it cast white actors in the lead roles of Moses, Tuya and Joshua and non-whites as slaves, servants and thieves.   They further quote Scott as saying, “There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussion about how to best represent the culture.”  So in the mind of Ridley Scott the racial identity of the ancient Egyptians has been settled as per his casting of the lead roles without a disclaimer and it is only the ethnicity of the ancient Egyptians that is in question as in they were white Frenchmen as opposed to white Swedes or something.   I guess he never read the bible or Diop so that his confusion remains. 

            Ridley’s comment continues the pattern of some Whites who traffic in the subject of ancient Egypt of obscuring the identity of the Egyptians as if there is still no idea of who they really were.  However, if they are to be depicted visually they must certainly be depicted as Whites.  This subject is worthy of a dissertation in and of itself, but since this is a blog I will try to contain it to broad parameters, but suffice it to say on this side of the resurrection of Jesus and time of the gentiles, the white governing gentiles for some reason feel a need to dwell in the pyramid of Ham who is clearly identified in the bible as belonging to the Black race.  I believe the reason for this is that they have portrayed Whites as being the originators of ancient civilizations they admire and to admit that the origins of Egypt was Black would not only disturb this notion, but it would also imply that a Black civilization enslaved a White people group  in the ancient Hebrews since they too are portrayed as White despite the veracity of it.

            I do not believe that Whites want it ever to be known that Blacks were at one time dominant over them in any shape, form or fashion as it would not fit the paradigm that has been constructed.  Also, it is because of this need to conceal the Black race as the foundational root of ancient civilizations that Whites have been kept in bondage psychologically as well as Blacks because from the Black perspective they have never been in a position to be an oppressor only the oppressed.  From the White perspective they bear the perception of being the only racial group who has perpetrated human destruction and injustice.

            Moreover, the drive to eradicate Blacks from history keeps racism alive because the white consumer of faulty history and logic believe they will remain at the top of the dung heap forever.  However, such a stance of making Whites the center of all things great as it relates to civilization and all things evil that are an inherent part of all civilizations is illogical and off balance.  But if it serves to keep the status quo going then the collusion of optical illusion as per Ridley Scott’s movie and other such movies involving history must continue.

Egypt: Dwelling In the Pyramid of Ham Introduction

For All Have Sinned and Fallen Short of The Glory of God
 
            In the last article The Pink Elephant in the Room: The Issue of Black Slavery and the Church, I focused on some of the problems affecting Black Americans and how they are linked to the residual effects of slavery and not knowing the divine reason in the midst of serving a Sovereign God for that slavery.  In this article I will take a diversion to begin what will be an inadequate survey into some ancient history before resuming the discussion on Black Americans.
             A blog format does not really allow me to do what I would like with this subject so there will be some generalizations when I refer to “White people” “Black people” or any people.  There are always exceptions to the rule in any people group and I cannot pretend to know who all these exceptions are and where they exist in time.  Also, the purpose of dealing with race and history on this blog is not to exalt any race above the other or to pillory any race any more than others.  “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, but the deception of this part of the age is that only Whites have had any historical glory to begin with in conjunction with sinning, whereas Blacks have only sinned in their perpetual state of dismissive primitiveness.
             Any Black American child attending the public school system I would wager has more often than not been introduced to history with the absence of Blacks playing any major part of it particularly ancient history.  This is reinforced in the American university system, unless you have a renegade professor.  If he or she is Black, they are categorized as being an afro-centric revisionist if they make a case for Blacks as the historical founders of ancient civilizations no matter the merits of the claim.  In wider society, the apparatus to keep the illusion going is Hollywood and their use of what I call the “magic boxes” of television and movie theaters.  This is a most powerful medium because it reaches a wide audience and you can continue the deception because it is not as if after watching a movie or television program you can debate and challenge the producers of the movies as to their historical accuracy.  
            I have surely never seen a movie offer a disclaimer that historically the people you see acting a part are not the people of that time period and it is just artistic license.  Therefore, one can conclude that the deception is deliberate.  Unfortunately, the other institution a part of the deception perhaps not deliberately as far as the common people go, is the church.  This is carried out by the mostly White Catholic gentile church.  No institution is more fond of presenting biblical iconography than Catholics and as it relates to people they are always without exception presented as white unless you investigate further and discover in a more distant time they were depicted as Black. 
         But in America, you will never see on Time magazine, National Geographic, the history channel or any other media any ancient picture or artifacts that show historical personages to be of deep melanin skin tones and if you do it was probably by accident. So, what has been the consequence of the historical masquerade.  It is simply this.  The premeditated erasure of Blacks from history has lead to an unfounded sense of white superiority and an exaggerated sense of Black victimization with the added benefit of obscuring the identity of the people needed to conclude the age or “fulfill the time of the gentiles”.  In the next article I will discuss Egypt and the dwelling in the pyramid of Ham of Whites.


 
 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Pink Elephant In The Room: The Issue of Black Slavery and The Church

The Only Stupid Question Is The One Not Asked
In the last article “The Curious Case of African-Americans”, I made mention of what caused me to focus on the African-American (Black Community) again that namely being the popular TV show Scandal.  When I left the Black Community-that is I was not mentally engaged in the issues, there was no such thing as social media.  Upon my return, social media was factoring in a major way in American life.  Scandal propelled me to investigate what was occurring on the web regarding Black Americans, and to say the least it was disheartening to discover a certain amount of discord and negativity especially in relation to black male and female relationships. 
I already knew of the reported high percentage of out of wedlock births in the Black Community of 70 %,  the high percentage of abortions relative to our stagnant population of 12% and read once again in Ebony magazine about the lack of Black male fathers in the home  being even more prevalent in the future than in slavery to the tune of maybe 90%.  This was absolutely astounding to me.  How is it in freedom, that Black people collectively, and I don’t mean everyone, could be disintegrating at the level it is more than any other period in American history including slavery?  When you add in Black on Black crime that leads to the death of many Black men as well as innocent women and children and now the advocacy and uptick in homosexuality the picture becomes even more  bleak for Black America. 
I felt like Moses must have felt when he came from receiving the commandments from God and found that Israel had quickly lapsed into idolatry by making a golden calf to be their god.  It is understandable why he threw the tablets and broke them.  I myself wanted to throw some tablets at least figuratively and disappear again because Black Americans have always depressed me to some extent and it would be no less true today.  But the dysfunction of the Black community must be addressed because it is the pink elephant in the room in regards to the church and slavery.
 I believe the reason many Black Americans are haunted by the ghosts of slavery and following suit Jim Crow and other discrimination real or imagined and suffer from low self-esteem is because we do not have a divine reason for our predicament past or present.  We are at war with the majority in society and with ourselves.  The sword cuts us down from within and from without, yet there hangs before us the question we seem dare not to ask as we occupy the seats of various churches week end and week out.  What is wrong with us?
I had a pastor who would say from time to time, that Sunday morning was the most segregated hour in America and yet there we were as many Black folks were inexplicably in the institution that had the most segregated hour in America.  If this institution, the church, was as discriminatory as secular society why did and do Black Americans participate in it?  Furthermore, if we serve the sovereign God of the universe it seems like Black folk would ask the sovereign God why we were enslaved in the country with the most segregated hour on Sunday? I believe the lack of addressing this issue is the reason why the Black church has been more of a religious institution for the Black Community as opposed to a powerful one. 
It has been on the Black churches’ watch that the Black Community has steadily declined; nevertheless, the Black Church has served as an ark for Black people until the issue of  slavery could be addressed in the context of where we are in the age.  Although the Black Community has tried to solve its issues with reliance on government and politicians ever looking for that ephemeral leader who will usher them to the mountaintop, our problems are spiritual and thus cannot be found in the carnal minds of men, but in the mind of God.   There is a running theme throughout the bible of God’s concern for justice.  I referenced this theme in the articles Prophetic Judgment and Prophetic Restoration.
Thus, the question must be asked, If God is a God of justice would he consign a whole people group to bondage physically and mentally without cause?  It is easy for men to look on the surface and blame other men, fate and so forth for their condition when a deeper excavation is required.  It is a paradox how the church going segment of the Black Community can sit in church Sunday in and out but blame our problems on Republicans, Democrats, white racism, favored immigrants, and what  not when we proclaim that we serve a mighty and good God.  Which is He? A mighty and good God or one who has a controversy with us as our community continues to fall apart.  
The shared history of slavery and past and present hardship without knowing the reason for it will not be enough to hold Black Americans together in the future.  But if we are destined to fall apart and disappear at the behest of our enemies naturally and spiritually at least we should know why and it is my intent with future articles to address that question which I could never do justice to on a blog.
           



Friday, October 10, 2014

The Curious Case of African-Americans


         I remember when I was a young girl and Alex Haley’s Roots came on television.  I was riveted for several days to the talking box as I watched the horrors of slavery reenacted before my eyes.  The numerous lashes upon the back of Kunta Kinte as the slave master determined to make him forget his name was forever seared in my mind.  Tears at certain dramatic points ran hotly down my cheeks and when the series was over, my view of the world was forever changed.  I realized as a product of those slaves that the world at least the U.S. was hostile to my kind.  I grew up to be further educated on the travails of being Black because we were still Black back then.  My grandfather who fought in World War II, would tell us how Black servicemen were treated disrespectfully by white Germans and did not receive a hero’s welcome when they returned home.  I read Black magazines that always detailed the negative statistics of every facet of life that Blacks faced from education to health problems.  It seemed to me that we had a plethora of issues, but scant solutions and as the years wore on we still always seemed to be a besieged people despite the advances in Civil Rights.

            As I pondered the curious case of African-Americans, I begin to want to know why Black people were brought to this country besides the obvious reason of enslavement.  In other words I wanted to know the “why” behind the “why.”  Time moved on and I never received a satisfactory answer to that question and eventually other things some political, but mostly spiritual captured my attention.  I was gone for a long time from Black issues and when I left we were in a cultural decline.  So what caused the spotlight to be shined upon African-Americans/Blacks again for me?  It is thanks to Shonda Rimes and a show she produces called Scandal.  I had heard about this new show with their first black leading lady in 40years Kerry Washington playing a Washington D.C. crisis manager. 

I missed the first season when it aired so I thought I would catch the second season and see what the noise was about.  Mind you, when I say I was absent from Black life that included television, so for me to watch the show was a deviation from my routine.  As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but notice an obvious anti-Christian bias, the same as is manifested in many shows along with a deliberate dismissal of the main character having a relationship with a good decent Black man in favor of sexual relations with two white men one married and the president of the United States and one single.  But that isn’t what grabbed my attention as much as when the show’s two gay white males were allowed to adopt a Black baby girl.  I could not understand why a Black woman producer and writer would put a Black baby girl to be adopted by two gay males in lieu of a stable mother and father which would have been in her best interest. 
I wondered why she did not use a white baby or an Asian one since they are adopted a lot in real life.  She had an opportunity to showcase a Black baby in a loving Black home as that would have been a positive promotion for the Black community.  To say the least my spiritual senses went off a lot with that show and further interaction with the internet community was the visitation once again to the question of “why” with the Black community as we were now even more so in a cultural decline.  The next series of articles will touch on the “why” behind the “why” and will cover some history in generalities.  I will not be documenting as I normally would as if I were doing a paper or book,  but will make general references to what I read or heard.  Some statements will be common sense, others opinion, and others not revealed by flesh and blood. One day when it is all said and done, Shonda Rimes will get major credit for helping to provide the answer to the culmination of the age.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Prophetic Deliverance

And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free
           
          In Christian eschatology, the return of Jesus has been wondered about, predicted, made the subject of bestselling books  and even featured in movies based on such books and has been the subject of many gospel songs.  The Christian world debates when the rapture will occur and whether it is set in a pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation or post-tribulation context.  I am of the post-tribulation view, but I will not venture into that in this post.  What is evident is that a considerable amount of time has elapsed since Jesus’ death and resurrection and he has yet to return.  In my post Prophetic Reality, I stated that a deliverance must once again be effected, but before that deliverance takes place there must be the restoration of all things. A major part of the restoration of all things is the restoration of the truth.  As a demonstration of this I will once more focus on Elijah and his confrontation with the prophets of Baal.
            I wrote extensively about Elijah in my post Prophetic Speaking and Backing Part 2 so I will not layout the background here to that extent.  To briefly sum up, Elijah had challenged the prophets of Baal promoted and sponsored by idolatrous King Ahab and his wife Jezebel. It was like a showdown at high noon at the OK corral.  It was one righteous man against a confederacy of evil and lies.  Here are the scriptures I want to highlight. “And Elijah said unto all the people, come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:   And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. (I Kings 18:30-32) .  .” The statement I want to spotlight in these scriptures is “And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down."
            In the course of Israel’s history under the rule of King Ahab, the altar of the Lord had been left to disintegrate in the wake of the erection of altars to false gods, so that before Elijah could deliver Israel from the tangle of idolatry he had to first repair the altar of the Lord which represented the truth of who He is as opposed to the falseness of Baal.  When the altar of the Lord is broken down lies are able to take root and the longer the altar has been broken the more tangled the web of lies become. 
This is our situation in the world today in regards to history and Israel.  I am willing to go all in as in a high stakes poker game, that the return of Jesus cannot happen under a tent of lies for it is the devil who Jesus dubbed the “father of lies.” (John 8:44) So it is the altar of truth that must be reestablished before the prophetic deliverance of Israel and the culmination of the age can occur.   Once the altar is repaired and the purveyors of deception are destroyed, then once again the Lord can send the rain.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Prophetic Reality and Hurricane Odile

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus
 
A couple of days ago in Cabo San Lucas, I had a chance to live prophetic reality in the midst of a category 3 hurricane dubbed Odile.  I left for Cabo on Saturday September 13 excited about going to a new destination that I had heard was lovely, and true enough when I arrived at the resort the scenery was quite spectacular.  The water was a luminous sky blue and the sun was shining brightly.  The news earlier at the airport that a hurricane was headed toward Cabo seemed implausible. Maybe it seemed implausible because somehow I had missed checking the weather before I left home which is something I always do before traveling and so I had no idea that a hurricane had been tracking in that area.  My hope was that it would turn and head out to sea, but reality was that by Sunday evening I was in my room listening to howling winds beat against the patio door and  as time wore on I heard breaking glass outside my room in addition to water seeping through the patio. 
Somehow or another my companion and I missed hearing about a shelter on the property so we stayed put in the room with electricity gone and laying in our clammy beds from the humidity.  I was in somewhat of a catatonic state because I could not believe I had traveled into a hurricane and my mind tumbled about because having lived through other hurricanes I knew what a mess they could cause and I needed to be back home by Thursday.  My bed was closest to the patio and on more than one occasion, I thought about the glass breaking and being in the line of it, but it didn’t make me move and it never occurred to me to move to the bathroom as I had heard another resident had done.  So, I begin to sing until I finally tired at which point I thought about Jesus in the boat with his disciples and how a windstorm came as they were crossing the lake to Gerasenes. 
I remembered clearly that Jesus was sleep as the storm was raging and the disciples were panicking as the boat filled with water.  I am convinced that Jesus heard the winds and felt the waves but felt no need to take action because his reality was greater than the reality of the storm.  What was his reality? His reality was that they were going to the other side and he had a destiny to fulfill so he nor the disciples were going to perish in that storm.  Jesus’ life was not only governed by a greater prophetic reality but also prophetic mortality. Nothing could take his life until his call was fulfilled.  He reminded the disciples of this after he rebuked the wind and the water quizzing them, “Where is your faith?” Luke 8:25.  Once I mulled the story, I fell asleep as the winds became progressively less hostile.
The next morning I awoke to the calm after the storm and water on the floor.  As I dressed and went outside, my fellow traveler and I surveyed the premises and were in awe at the broken glass bent palm trees and tousled pool area that just a few hours before was sparkly and beautiful.  The next few days I witnessed small miracles that eventually got us out of Cabo on the original day we were to leave albeit in a sea of tourist that looked like lost refugees. I heard various stories of people’s experience and realized that we came out like thieves.  Our situation was trying at the resort but not as some others. 
We still had running water and the third day some lights and the hotel staff was great at keeping us fed and taking care of everyone the best they could.  I want to send a shout out to Southwest Airlines via Air Tran for coming in and taking passengers out of Cabo with genuine kindness and no charge for those not their original passengers.  They were a big miracle that we managed by the hair to get on their last plane on Wednesday the 17th of September. To the staff of Villa de Palmor, may God bless them and quickly restore their and the people of Cabo San Lucas fortune.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prophetic Reality

For that which is seen is temporary, but that which is unseen is eternal
 
 

       When one has a destiny rooted in prophetic significance, your reality must necessarily be greater than that of your opposition.  We live in a world where there are many beliefs, ideas, and opinions about everything from the origins of humanity to the existence of aliens.  A turn of the dial on the radio will expose one to people who can regale you with all sorts of experiences supernaturally and otherwise which shape their view of the world.  In our media dominated world, we are saturated with various news items of this war, this disaster, this environmental problem and on and on.  We are literally if one consumes the daily news always on the verge of disaster.  But when one has a destiny of prophetic significance, it is not you who revolves around the world, but it is the world and history which revolves around you.  One need only read my previous post about Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Jesus, even the apostles to understand this.
            In each of those posts those men had to confront in an all imposing reality of the civilization in which they were situated.  Moses had to demonstrate to Pharaoh that his reality of the God he served was greater than the spiritual reality of the Egyptians.  Elijah had to demonstrate that his reality was greater than the prevailing reality of Ahab and Jezebel and the gods they served.  In terms of those things spiritual Jesus always demonstrated that his reality was dominant.  In one particular instance Jesus demonstrates this reality in another way. 
In Matthew 17: 24-27 it states, “After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
 What should be considered from this passage is that the disciples and Jesus were confronted with a very real reality of their day and that was the paying of taxes.  For whatever reason, they apparently did not have the tax money readily available on their persons.  If a typical person was approached with this dilemma in his everyday life, he may have left what he was doing to go find work or some means to meet the obligation.  Jesus being in the thick of his call did not even fathom stopping what he was doing to meet a real world obligation, but instead used the power of the kingdom of heaven to exert dominant influence over the kingdom of men and showcase that his prophetic reality was greater than their material reality.  
            In one account in the book of Joshua, Joshua and the Israelites display their greater reality in a fight against five kings in the land of Canaan in which they were in the process of taking possession.  The backdrop of the story begins in Joshua 9 where Joshua and the Israelites were in the process of fighting the Canaanites and the people of Gibeon had heard what they had done to Jericho and Ai.  They deceived Joshua and the rulers into making a covenant to not destroy them and when the five kings of the Amorites and the king of Jerusalem heard about what Gibeon had done, they conspired to attack the Gibeonites who then petitioned Joshua to save and help them. 
It was in the midst of the battle that the book of Joshua records, “Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun stand still over Gibeon; and Moon in the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped till the people had revenge upon their enemies.” (Joshua 10:12,13).  Here, it is seen that when one has a prophetic destiny that even the natural order of things is a candidate for subservience to the prophetic call.  Joshua prophetically spoke and the Lord in keeping with prophetic speaking backed Joshua’s speaking with his power and delivered a great triumph on behalf of Israel that day.
            History has a way of repeating itself and that is no less true today.  What happened in the time of Moses and the time of Elijah will once more happen during this present time of the Gentiles.  A deliverance must be effected and a confrontation of the spirit behind the collusion of optical illusion of this world system must be addressed; and as in the Wizard of Oz, the wizard behind the curtain must be revealed for who he truly is.  There must once again be a demonstration of the greater Reality. Thus, as is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Prophetic Restoration

With the pending promise of prophetic doom, there always followed
the pending promise of prophetic restoration
          In the last article I addressed the Prophetic Judgment of Israel and when I left off the punishment of Israel for the breaking of the covenant was a done deal.  God was going to use Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon as the instrument of discipline for Judah.  He confirmed this when King Zedekiah sent Melchiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest to inquire of the prophet Jeremiah about Nebuchadnezzar’s bellicose plans toward Jerusalem. Jeremiah’s reply on behalf of God was “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Behold I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who besiege you outside the  walls and I will assemble them in the midst of this city.  I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of great pestilence. (Jeremiah 21: 2-6).
            The Lord goes on to assure that those people left from the famine, pestilence and sword in the city of Jerusalem would be handed over to Nebuchadnezzar and their enemies. He then states, “Behold I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and defects to the Chaldeans shall live and his life shall be as a prize to him.” (vs.8,9).  Thus the fate of Judah was sealed and there was no relenting on God’s part, but the good news was that it was not a forever exile.  The Lord determined that for 70 years Judah and surrounding nations would serve the king of Babylon, but at the expiration of those years he would also punish the king of Babylon and the nation of Chaldean for their iniquity. (Jeremiah 25: 11-12).   He also pronounced a judgment on other nations in Israel’s neighborhood beginning with Egypt and ending with the kings of the north and all the kingdoms of the world. (vs. 15-26).  
            Although God in his justice chastises Israel, he never completely forsakes them.  With the pending promise of prophetic doom, there always followed the pending promise of prophetic restoration.   Jeremiah captures this when he is commanded to write of the Lord, “For behold, the days are coming says the Lord, that I will bring back from captivity my people Israel and Judah and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.” (Jeremiah 30: 1-3).  In verse 11 it states, “For I am with you, says the Lord to save you:  Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you, but I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished.  There is much that can be discussed in chapter 30 of Jeremiah, but one thing that must be apprehended is that the judgment and restoration of Israel was not a onetime occurrence.  It indicates a yet future judgment and restoration beyond the 70 years of Judah in exile.  It is a theme that appears again with Jesus when he is talking to his disciples while they are in Jerusalem. 
         In Luke 21 the disciples remark about how the temple was beautifully adorned with stones and donations.  Jesus responded, “As for these things which you see, the days will come in which not one stone shall left upon another that shall not be thrown down.” (vs. 6).  The disciples with shock asked, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place.” (vs.7). Jesus goes on to give them a list of signs indicating what is referred to as the end-times or end of the age, but what I want to emphasize is where he says, “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near…..For these are the days of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” (vs. 20, 22).  “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations.  And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”  (vs. 23,24).
            In the Principle of the Second (The Age To Come), I proposed that in a set of two that which is first represents the flesh or natural and that which is second represents the spirit. I described this age as a natural or fleshly age and it coincides with the times of the Gentiles and the second age as spiritual age which is led by restored spiritual Israel with Jesus as the king over Israel and ruling the nations. What became evident to me after having this verse brought to my attention and some contemplation was that just as in Jeremiah, Judah and Israel is still absent from the land because we are still in the times of the Gentiles.  Although we have a people known as the Jews in Israel, it is apparent that their presence did not end the time of the Gentiles and for all practical purposes Jerusalem is still being trampled by Gentiles.
           Also, the Jews that rule present day Israel have never been known to have been led away captive into all the nations.  So now the question becomes where are the people who experienced the desolation of Jerusalem when the city was razed by the Romans in 70 ad and who eventually of those who were left would be led captive into all nations? This is the question that will be dealt with in future articles because the identification of the people is not just about solving a great mystery, but is germane to the fulfillment of the times of the Gentiles and the conclusion of this age.



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Prophetic Judgment

Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God
 
Often times I hear pastors or people say “God is good”.  And where I would in the main agree with that statement, the question is “Is he anything else?”  Sometimes it would appear that there is this one-dimensional view of God that undergirds the church when our society and history suggest there is a multi-dimensional aspect to his character.  In the last article Prophetic Particularity, I talked about God’s affinity for detail with illustration of how he selected Shem out of Noah’s three sons in which to redeem a people for himself.  Out of Shem he selected Abraham to be the one he would bless by making him into a great nation and once this nation came to fruition he made a covenant with them.  A covenant is defined as a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action. 
The covenant God made with Israel is found in the book of Deuteronomy.  It once again reveals how particular and specific God was with those issues that concerned him especially as it relates to the crafting of images for the worship of false gods.  If the people kept the covenant he made with them, God would bless them tremendously, but if they disregarded the covenant he would curse them with all sorts of afflictions.  Deuteronomy 28: 15 lists these curses which one should take the time to read.  The curses portend awful things for the Israelites, but they nonetheless as time would go on find themselves invoking those parts of the agreement.
I want to take a look at the book of Jeremiah the prophet.  As I have done before I will focus on particular passages but provide the general background.  When the Lord calls the prophet Jeremiah, Israel specifically Judah is in a state of spiritual delusion and decline so that they are on the cusp of being destroyed by a foreign power.  The delusion is that they did not believe disaster would come upon them and is exhibited by the words, “Peace, peace” when there is no peace.” Jeremiah 7:11.  But why is disaster coming upon them? It is a familiar story and same song expressed by the Lord when he says, “What injustice have your fathers found in Me that they have gone far from Me, and have followed idols, and have become idolaters? (Jeremiah 2: 5).  In verse 13, it states, “For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns-broken cisterns that can hold no water.” 
Men are amazing to contemplate sometimes.  How do you forsake the fountain of living waters, for basically dead stagnate waters?  God set before Israel a beautiful deal that if they could only follow he would have awesomely blessed them.  But alas, they did not and Jeremiah cites many offenses committed by Judah and one in particular was done by Manasseh the son of Hezekiah the king of Judah.  Manasseh during his reign rebuilt high places to Baal, made wooden images, worshipped the hosts of heaven, built altars in the house of the Lord, caused his sons to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; practiced soothsaying, witchcraft and sorcery and consulted mediums and spiritists. (2 Chronicles 33: 3-6).  All of these things provoked the Lord to anger and activated the judgment of God for the breaking of the covenant. 
So who is the foreign power God is going to use to punish Judah?  It is no other than Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon.  What I want to draw attention to is Jeremiah 27:6 where the Lord states, “And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him.  Notice that God calls the king of Babylon his servant.  He is making clear that in his sovereignty and power he controls what the nations are allowed to do especially in regard to Israel. 
He makes it evident that Israel is the fulcrum upon which history turns and it was within his purview to raise up a nation to execute judgment upon Israel.   Jeremiah in his many words to the people of Judah reveal an aspect of God that is far from soft and buttery.  He is unsparing in what he declares will happen to the people of Judah such as the statement in Jeremiah 15:3 “And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction, says the Lord. “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.” 
Because of Jesus sacrifice for the sin of mankind and God’s grace and mercy, the church of a more gentile character has lost the judgment aspect of God’s character along with in some quarters the holy aspect of his character.  It has caused the scales to be weighed too heavily to one side that does not deal with the hard words and more severe facets of God’s nature.   When one is considering topics of prophetic significance, the hard things must be considered and the prophetic judgment of the people of Israel fall within this category. 
As the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 11:22   Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. Here Paul is letting a gentile church know that they are not above being cut off if they do not continue in God letting them become a part of the good olive tree of Israel.  He has balanced the scales with both the goodness and the severity of God and let us know that these attributes of God have not been dissolved with the passage of time.