Everybody is The Son of The Promise But The Son Of The Promise
In my last article The Genesis, I gave a brief synopsis of how it is that I came to the conclusion that Black Americans (those not of recent African immigration) but descendants of slaves in the U.S. were the Israel of the ultimate dispersal. I stated that I had read books on the subject so that it should be clear to the reader that this is not a new notion of Black Americans being associated with Hebrew heritage. In her book The Truth About Black Biblical Hebrew-Israelites (Jews), Ella J Hughley, reveals that William Saunders Crowdy in 1896 founded America’s oldest and largest black Hebrew-Israelite –Judaic congregation. Also, Ben Carter later known as Ben Ami Ben Israel led a group of Black Americans who believed that they were Hebrews to Israel in 1969, the year I would be making my own landing here on earth. They became known according to www.atlantablackstar.com as the Black Hebrews.
Additionally, there are various other Black people and groups who believe they are Israelites and have let their beliefs be known in writing as well as have formed various Hebrew/ Torah observant groups. Some of them are messianic and others are not. In and of itself, none of these groups would have been able to convince me of the validity of their claims to Hebrew heritage based solely on knowledge alone. The reason I say this is because there are people all over the world who claim a Jewish heritage. Some of these people reside in Africa such as the Ethiopians and Lemba and perhaps others. There are those in Arab countries if they haven’t been driven out or killed. There are even Indian Jews. The primary issue with Black Americans is that whatever connection we had with any Hebrew affinities were pretty much scrubbed. Interestingly, of all the countries where Blacks were taken as slaves only in America were Blacks seemingly completely divorced from African culture and customs. Yet somehow, we were able to embrace the presentation of the sovereign God in the image of our captors.
I had a pastor who would say from time to time, that unlike Native Americans the Black slaves were able to see beyond white people or the messenger to embrace the message. How they were able to do that speaks perhaps more to an ancestral memory than to the ardent white evangelist , because on the face of it Blacks should not only have been repelled by the “God” of their oppressors, but logically repulsed by religion period. It would have been perfectly understandable if Blacks had become Atheist. But instead we formed our own churches and held on to Jesus as the one who could carry our burdens. Often Black Christians are mocked by other Blacks who are not Christians because we accept a White Jesus. It is a paradox but not so much when you consider that “he came unto his own, but his own received him not.” It is more like poetic justice.
So why is knowledge alone not enough to convince me of a Black American Hebrew heritage? It is because all of the aforementioned people had or have knowledge, but in none of my readings did they have the answer to what fulfills the time of the gentiles. People believe they simply need to claim a Hebrew heritage and do things in some form of the old Hebrew way however that may be to them but if they reject Jesus in favor of clinging to the Torah and the Old testament they miss the vehicle of their deliverance. As for Christians, if they are ignorant of the centrality of Israel in history, they miss the vehicle of their deliverance as well. A person can wear a hundred skull caps and prayer shawls, but none of that addresses the question of what concludes the age and fulfills the time of the gentiles. Christians can sing a thousand songs and write a thousand books about Christ return and none of that answers the question of what is it he is waiting on to return? Therefore, many have the treasure chest, but not the key to open the chest because there is a lack of understanding about the ages.
Getting back to Black Americans being the Israel of ultimate dispersal. If everybody is the son of the promise what is it about Black Americans that would make them the son of the promise? I mentioned in my last article The Genesis that there was one little detail that cemented my conclusion that Black Americans are the Israel of the ultimate dispersal. This little detail is that Israel was/is always in exile in the dominant empire of the time. This occurred with Assyria, Babylon and the Persians. When the dust settled in the Black diaspora, the dominant empire became America the symbolic Egypt of its day. And just as Joseph was sold into slavery into Egypt and his presence caused Potiphera’s house to be blessed (Gen 39:5) so it with America. America is known as a blessed nation and it would be in keeping with the way of God to bless the nation that held his people because among them are some Josephs.
Furthermore, whenever Israel was sent into exile God would make sure that they would be hemmed in on all sides as he would bring all other nations into subjection to that empire as he did with Assyria and Babylon. That is why the whole Black world could not and cannot help Black Americans or any other nation of color because God made sure any Black dominance, power or influence was broken so that everyone was now in subjection to “white Japheth” the Babylon of their day. Many of those Africans nations were doubtlessly brought into judgment themselves for their role in the captivity and enslavement of the remnant of Judah and shortly experienced their own colonization and dysfunctional societies. Therefore, when people across the internet spew that Black males are weak and powerless they are correct. That tends to happen we your hair is cut by uncircumcised Philistines and you lose your strength. And suffice it to say just as Israel’s deliverance from the Egypt of old did not happen by military might or power neither will the deliverance of the Israel of the ultimate dispersal occur by might or power. It was the spoken word that left Judah’s house desolate and it is the spoken word which will deliver her.