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Are Black People Israelites?

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Given the historical and spiritual significance of the Bible, Kevin has devoted himself to studies through prayer and discernment.

Abba Bivens, who is credited as being the one who would eventually birth the Hebrew Israelite groups of today and is the source of a majority of their doctrines.

Abba Bivens, who is credited as being the one who would eventually birth the Hebrew Israelite groups of today and is the source of a majority of their doctrines.

Disclaimer

Note: This is not an argument against Ethiopian Jews, or an argument to say that there are no blacks with lineage to the 12 Tribes. This is an argument against the idea that the original 12 Tribes were black.

Before anyone comes on here and tries to argue with me, know this; I am not arguing against keeping the law of Moses, and I am not arguing that the 12 Tribes were white.

Here are the verses I address in order. If you believe in this faith and one of these is your arguments, read mine first and then come and try to refute me. These are all the arguments that I break down. Anyone who comments and I already addressed something will be exposed and further comments deleted if nothing new is brought.


  1. Verse That Supposedly State the Skin Color of the Hebrews (Job 30 30, Song of Solomon 1 5 and 5 11, Jeremiah 8 21 and 14 2, Lamentations 5 10, Ezekiel 1 13, Hosea 7 8, Amos 9 7, Acts 13 1, and Ecclesiasticus 14 3 and 31 24,)
  2. Verses That Supposedly Say They Would Be Whitewashed (Job 9 24 and 1 Maccabees 3 48). (Note: I am not saying that these images have not been whitewashed overtime but these verses are not talking about that).
  3. The Color of Christ (or God according to some) (Daniel 7 9, 10 6, and Revelation 1 14-15)
  4. The 2/3rds Doctrine
  5. Selling Slaves to Greeks (Joel 3 6)
  6. Psalm 83, 137, and Zechariah 11 5.
  7. Are These Verses Cross References to The Slave Trade? (Jeremiah 17 4, Isaiah 1 3, Lamentations 1 3, and Luke 21 24).
  8. Confusion of Faces/ Identity Crisis
  9. Fake Jews
  10. Moses's Leprosy (Exodus 4 6) and Gehazi's Leprosy (2 Kings 5)
  11. Were Adam and Eve Black?
  12. The Color of Noah's Children
  13. e1b1a
  14. Zondervan's Definition of Ham
  15. Yah In Slave Names
  16. Were the Shemites Black? Does Israel Reside in Africa?
  17. Joseph, Moses, and Paul called Egyptian (and Are the Egyptians Black?)
  18. The Scattering (and Kingdom of Whydah/Juda)
  19. Enslavement of the Other Races (Genesis 25 23, Psalm 149 6-9, Isaiah 14 1-2, and Revelation 14 10).
  20. Quotes From Others (Abdel Nasser, Adolf Hitler, and Josephus).
  21. Blacks Come From Ham
  22. 1 West Doctrines (2/3rds Will Be Killed, the Moabites and Ammonites are Japanese and Chinese, the Y2K Prophecy, Father's Seed, Races and Agents).
  23. The Curses of Deuteronomy 28 are not about the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade (link at the end).
  24. The 400 Years mentioned in Genesis are not in America (link at the end).
  25. Esau is not the Caucasian race (link at the end).

I realize that not all the members of this faith believe the exact same thing. I also realize that not all of them follow the 1 West camps ( I refer to them all as 1 West as all of the camps and groups are branches of the original group). This is only to address both the camps and the general beliefs that almost all of them have in common with one another.

Welcome. Today we are going to expose this false group claiming to be the real 12 Tribes.

A Brief Summary

I realize there are more splinter groups then this and that they each have different beliefs, such as some of them believe in a thing called the 12 Tribe Chart and some of them do not. But here is a general belief among them:

  1. All or most Black people are the true 12 Tribes.
  2. The Law of Moses is to be followed (I believe this is true, see my article "Is the Law Done Away With?" and you will see how it is still in effect today).
  3. The other races will be sent into captivity or into some type of servitude when the Messiah returns.
  4. The Jews today are not the real Jews, as a whole or just a lot of them.

There is a lot more history to it than this, stemming from the Civil War era when some slave, as well as some former slaves who started claiming to be descendants of Jacob. But in the present time, these groups are the main heads of the faith stemming from one man; Abba Bivens. In 1960, Abba Bivens formed the ISUPK group, the one that gave birth to the other groups we see today.

A lot of these groups believe in reincarnation. See my article, Scriptural Reincarnation Debunked.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's go about exposing their message.

Skin Color

They claim that these scriptures alone prove that the original Hebrews were black. But with the problem of archaic English, these scriptures have been misunderstood due to the Old English used, and taken out of context. Let's go over that.

My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

— Job 30 30

Again, this is taken out of context. First off, why is Job shouting out the color of his skin for no reason? Obviously, there is something wrong. This is at the moment of him being tried for his faith. We can further confirm this by noting how it says his bones are burned with heat.

My skin is black upon me; either by his dark-coloured scabs, wherewith his body was in a manner wholly overspread; or by grief, as before.

My bones are burned with heat; the effect of his fever and sorrow, which dried up all his moisture, and caused great inflammations and burning heats within him.

— Matthew Poole's Commentary

My skin is black upon me,.... Either through deep melancholy, as may be observed in persons of such a disposition, through grief and trouble; or rather through the force of his disease, the burning ulcers and black scabs with which he was covered, as the Jews were through famine, in their captivity, Lamentations 4:8;

and my bones are burnt with heat; with the heat of a burning fever; which not only made his inwards boil, but reached to his bones, and dried up the marrow of them.

— Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He was saying he was burning up, he was hot. Not that he was a black man.

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Song of Solomon

  • I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Song of Solomon 1 5

Take notice of how this person says "as the curtains of Solomon", not "as my curtains". This implies that Solomon is not the one speaking. Let's continue. If we read the sixth verse we can see that not only is this person "black" because of being burnt in the heat of the sun but also that this is not Solomon speaking in this verse.


  • 6 "Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept." Song of Solomon 1 6

Let's go by the logic that this is Solomon speaking. So Solomon's siblings got mad at him and made him work in the vineyard? Verse 6. The wisest and well-known king of the 12 Tribes has to do what his siblings say and work? Verse 6 according to this logic says so. The word used here is schechachoreth, which comes from the word shachar, the same word used in Job 30 30. Here's more proof.


  • 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.
  • 3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.
  • 4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. Song of Solomon 1 2-4

So here, we see the main speaker addressing the king. Solomon was king at this time so we know that the king in this chapter is Solomon. Solomon is not the speaker here. He does not begin to speak until verse 8. We have more proof coming from another chapter that this is not Solomon speaking in the story. In Songs 2 it is clear that this is a woman describing herself and her male lover. There is also one more thing I must add; there are multiple narrators. The Songs are told from three perspectives; the woman, her friends, and Solomon himself. At the beginning of Songs 3, we hear the woman tell of how she looks for her lover in the night. Later on, she tells the daughters of Jerusalem to "stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please." Who is this lover?


  • "Behold his bed, which is Solomon's; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel." Song of Solomon 1 7


Now we will address 5 11. It says, "his locks are wavy, black as a raven." Dreadlocks? No. The word "locks" when applied to hair can mean hair on any race.

"For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me."

— Jeremiah 8 21

"Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up."

— Jeremiah 14:2

6937 qadar: to be dark

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: qadar

Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-dar')

Short Definition: mourning

— Strong's Concordance

When we look in the other translations we see that it should say they were mourning, they were upset. Go to the first verse in this chapter and you see that this was about a drought going on in the land. Keep reading on in that chapter and it shows how much trouble this drought is bringing them, so of course, they are going to be upset. This is not about a color. They are upset over the drought. We can further prove this is the correct definition when we read Job 5 11.


  • "To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety."


In that verse get 3648. kamar. to grow warm and tender, to be or grow hot. When properly translated, it should say that their skin was getting hot due to the fever. Note how it says "because", not that it was naturally like that, but for a reason.

Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

— Lamentations 4 8

First, read verse 7 which says that the Nazarites were purer than snow and whiter than milk, now this verse is saying they are black and withered like a stick. Let's read the full context.

  1. How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.
  2. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
  3. Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
  4. The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
  5. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
  6. For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
  7. Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk (not actually saying they are white this is symbolic), they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
  8. Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

Something else is going on. Their skin is dry, struggled up, and dead from the destruction by the Babylonians. We can further prove it when it says, "they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick." Verse 7 says they were white. Are we to assume that they were white and then became black? No. This is about purity and then their destruction.

Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

— Lamentations 5 10

It says why they were "black", and the word used here, kamar, means " to grow warm and tender, to be or grow hot."


As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning

— Ezekiel 1 13

They focus on the "coal" and not the "burning coals of fire" in this passage, making it sound as if their appearance is the color of coal. Notice how it says they are also like lamps. Like other heavenly images, we see here that they have a glowing aura about them. We can also prove this when we see that the word "and" is not in the original, and it was just further expounding upon the explanation given. We will see another example of this when we discuss the color of Christ.

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Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

— Hosea 7 8

I have heard the argument that Ephraim is the Puerto Ricans because what is the color of a cake not turned. Not black, but a lighter shade. They say this is about Puerto Ricans being whited out. First off, if you read the whole chapter you can see that this is a metaphor for the tribe of Ephraim being in sin. Second of all, what nations was Ephraim among at this time? Hosea 7 11 says Egypt and Assyria. So even if this was about racial mixing, it is not about them mixing with white people. This is not describing their skin color.


8. mixed … among the people—by leagues with idolaters, and the adoption of their idolatrous practices (Ho 7:9, 11; Ps 106:35).

Ephraim … cake not turned—a cake burnt on one side and unbaked on the other, and so uneatable; an image of the worthlessness of Ephraim. The Easterners bake their bread on the ground, covering it with embers (1Ki 19:6), and turning it every ten minutes, to bake it thoroughly without burning it.

— Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Note: the ones who believe this are a major sect of Hebrew Israelites who follow what is called the 12 Tribe Chart, which says that blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans are the 12 Tribes and lists what tribe they are. Not all Hebrew Israelites believe this, and this is not to say that there is not some truth to that chart as some entirely different theories have been used to say that Hispanics and/or native Americans have links to the 12 Tribes, but I am not too familiar with it to where I can say it is correct or not.

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"Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?

— Amos 9 7

The first thing a lot of them will say is that this is talking about skin color. "See? He is comparing our skin color to the Ethiopians.". Based on their interpretation, the skin color of the Hebrews is randomly being shouted out in inappropriate scenarios. What is this chapter referring to? The greatness of God. He is comparing how he brought the children of Jacob out of Egypt to these other instances. Amos 9 is not comparing the physical appearance of Hebrews to Ethiopians, but their standing with the Almighty in terms of their wayward behavior. Jeremiah 13 23 mentions something very key in regards to the state of Israel at that time.

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also you can do good who are accustomed to do evil."

This verse implies a difference in skin color.

Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

— Acts 13 1

"See there? They just called him a n****r. They're all black." If this was the case, why weren't they all called this? Why is it just Simeon? There is a reason that this one man out of the group was called this name. This may be a surname or in reference to a land. It could also be to distinct him from Simeon of Cyrene from Acts 11 20. But even if this means he were black, that does not mean the entire group must have been. Hebrew Israelites say that the tribes were scattered and rightfully so, so if this Simeon is an Israelite then he could have had some Hamitic DNA.

Riches are not comely for a niggard: and what should an envious man do with money?

— Ecclesiasticus 14 3

But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of.

— Ecclesiasticus 31 24

They confuse the word niggard with the slang term used for black people. And although this word has caused controversy in the United States and has been used by racists to condemn black people, the word itself does not descend from the same word that the slang term comes from, which is the Latin word niger, meaning "black". Niggard does not mean black. It's an adjective meaning "stingy" or "miserly". It comes from the Middle English word nigon, and is related to the Old Norse verb nigla, which means "to fuss about small matters". (Bryan A. Garner (31 March 2009). "Words, Words, Words—and Race". Garner on Language and Writing. American Bar Association. pp. 236–238. ISBN 978-1-61632-679-1. Retrieved 21 March 2013.)

Verses That Supposedly Say They Would Be Whitewashed (Job 9 24 and 1 Maccabees 3 48).

In these verses, it seems as if it is saying that the Israelites would eventually be falsely depicted as being white. While this has happened it is not a fulfillment of prophecy.

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?

— Job 9 24

Notice how he specifically says judges, not Israel or any specific race. It is indeed accurately translated as judges because the word used here is shaphat, which means to judge, govern. Why does it only talk about the judges, or more specifically those in power who execute judgment and say what should happen to those who follow or break a law? The wicked cover their faces, meaning they blind their judgment.

And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.

— 1 Maccabees 3 48

Keep in mind that Maccabees is a record of the Maccabean revolt, not a book of prophecies. Read it from verse 1 and it proves it. Verse 45 to 47 talks about how Jerusalem was ransacked by the other nations and the temple was profaned by foreigners. This would have involved idol worship, which is where we get the likeness of their images from. How come throughout all of the scriptures and the book of Maccabees we see examples of idolatry but no clear examples of false depictions of the Israelites? It does not add up.

The Color of Christ (or God according to some) (Daniel 7 9, 10 6, and Revelation 1 14-15)

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I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

— Daniel 7 9

His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

— Daniel 10 6

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

— Revelation 1 14-15

They use these scriptures to say that Christ, God, or both (the Trinity is still debated among them) are black (the brass color) with "wooly" (afro) hair. But let's take a closer look. 10 6 says that the brass is polished, not burnt. And Revelations says that it was like brass that burned in a furnace, not that the brass was already burnt and refined into a darker color. Brass burning in a furnace as Revelations says is a description of the smelting of brass, which is very bright. This is evident by the fact that the word used here, chalkolibanō, means "white brass." Am I saying he is white? No, but this was not about his earthly skin color, which I will prove later on. And what is the color of pure wool? White. Notice how 7 9 said it was like pure wool, then Revelations says "white like wool." Pure wool is not dark. It is white. This was regarding his hair color.

This is obviously a supernatural image, not some basic description of a man. How can I prove this? Read Revelations 1 16.


  • "and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."


The word countenance means a person's face or facial expression. As I said the belief in the Trinity or if this is Christ or God in this passage varies among them, but most believe it to be Christ so we will go by that logic. Where else do we see this happening? Matthew 17 1-2. says the Savior was, "transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light." So this is not even about his earthly skin color. This is about his heavenly image. It can also be taken as symbolic. Some scholars say that in ancient times, describing a body as being like brass gives the impression that this person has glory, strength, and stability.

Brass being polished

Brass being polished

Pure wool

Pure wool

If this was about a black man and the original Hebrews were black what is the big deal of John describing this? Obviously, this is an abnormal image for him to see, something supernatural. If this is about describing a black man, then John is basically saying something irrelevant as they would have no need of this description because they would already know what he looks like, or would have an idea of what he would look like. That would be like if I go to England to look for someone and I say, "He has an English accent." That's already obvious to everyone unless I imply something is different about him.

I heard someone say, "This description of him is so we would know what the Israelite looked like, which are black." No mention of why he is described is given. John was simply giving a description of what he saw. And we can't affirm that this was only for the people to know what he looks like because Revelations 1-3 is not dealing with the other prophecies but the spirit realm and the letters to the seven churches and the prophecy of what would happen specifically to them, but we will go into that later on when we discuss the fake Jews of Revelation 2 9 and 3 9.



Selling Slaves to Greeks (Joel 3 6)

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"See? This is talking about how they sold us over to the white man in slavery."

This is not about that at all. The Phoenicians had further played the part of slave-dealers and had sold Judahite captives into the hands of the Greeks. The slave-traffic of the Phoenicians is often mentioned; they sometimes kidnapped women and children themselves, sometimes obtained slaves by purchase from uncivilized tribes, or purchased captives taken in war. See Amos 1 9, Ezekiel 27 13, 1 Maccabees 3 41, and 2 Maccabees 8 11. Also if we go back in the chapter it mentions Tyre, Sidon, and Philistia, which were not involved with the slave trade from a few hundred years ago.

Psalm 83, 137, and Zechariah 11 5.

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They take a few verses out of context here.

PSALM 83 4

  • "They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance."

Some of them use this to say that the other nations are conspiring to make the 12 Tribes forget who they were. But this is not a prophecy for this age. It is a Psalm about how the particular nations are specifically named indicates that it does refer to a specific historical period, even though the prayer itself would be offered in the Temple of Jerusalem. The dating of the composition of the Psalm is debated, but the reference in verse 9 to Assyria is by many sources seen as an indication that the Psalm was written during the time of Assyrian ascendancy, the ninth to seventh centuries BC. Others have placed the composition of the psalm between the time of Saul to the age of the Maccabees, suggested by Theodore of Mopsuestia.


PSALM 137 VERSE 3

  • "For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

VERSES 7-8

  • "Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof."
  • "O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us."


They assume that this is about how the blacks were unfortunately forced to sing spirituals to them. They also think that the Edomites are the white people of today (Which I leave a link for at the conclusion of this article). Is this the case? Let's see. Who wrote this Psalm? After Nebuchadnezzar's siege of Jerusalem, the Jews were held captive in Babylon. Unlike many of the Psalms in the scripture, this was not written by David. Sources attributed the poem to the prophet Jeremiah, and the Septuagint version of the psalm bears the superscription: "For David. By Jeremias, in the Captivity." Jeremiah lived during the Babylonian captivity, so it makes more sense for him to be speaking about this. The rivers of Babylon in verse 1 are the Euphrates river, its tributaries, and the Tigris river.

ZECHARIAH 11:5.

  • "Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not."


They take this as talking about how the so-called Christian slave masters would claim to worship the Almighty, but hurt them as well. Now as bad and hypocritical as that was, this is not about that. Let us read in the context.


ZECHARIAH 11:3

  • "There is a <<voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.>>"


So here we see a reference to a shepherd. What does a shepherd do? Guide his flock. So what is being said here? Sheep and shepherd symbolism was used to symbolize leaders, whether they be good or bad, just as the Savior was called a shepherd. So this is discussing false prophets leading their flock astray.

Are These Verses Cross References to The Slave Trade? (Jeremiah 17 4, Isaiah 1 3, Lamentations 1 3, and Luke 21 24).

They use these verses to say that they are cross-references to the others that prove these are future prophecies. Let's examine them.

Jeremiah 17 4 says they would be discontinued from their heritage and serve enemies in a strange land. Does that fit the Hebrew Israelite theology? Think about this. What time period did Jeremiah live in? The Babylonian captivity. What did the Babylonians do? Destroy Jerusalem, a portion of Judah's land. What tribe is being condemned in Jeremiah 17? Verses 1, 19, 20, 25, and 26 says, Judah.

They use Isaiah 1 3 to say this refers to them, but as established in my previous article on the subject Isaiah is referring to the Babylonian captivity. And this verse is not literally saying Israel does not recognize the Almighty. It says they "doth not consider", meaning they do not recognize that he is over them. When we sin we are acting in rebellion against God and are basically saying he does not tell us what to do.

The context shows that Lamentations 1 is referring to Biblical times.

1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was fu