j, Images of the True Israelites

IMAGES OF THE TRUE ISRAELITES


According to the Torah, Israelites were forbidden to create images of themselves (ref. Ex.20:4). However, neither the Egyptians nor the Assyrians had such restrictions. Both of these nations have picture archives of the True Israelites.


Israelites: Slaves of the Egyptians - approx. 1440 b.c.e.

HEBREW BRICK MAKERS

"And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar and in brick..." (ref. Exo.1:14)



HEBREW WATER BOY


CLOSE-UP OF HEBREW WATER BOY

As slaves of the Egyptians, child labor was common among the Israelites.
The boy shown above is about 15 years old. Unlike Egyptian boys, this Hebrew will eventually grow a full beard.



YOUNG HEBREWS GATHERING GRAPES

...and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigor." (ref. Exo.1:14)

These Israelite children are about 10 years old. They worked in the fields of the Egyptians, as their parents labored in the brick pits. Their days off depended on which of the many Egyptian deities their master worshipped.



Hebrews entering Egypt - approx. 1877 b.c.e.

FIRST HALF OF CARAVAN SCENE

SECOND HALF OF CARAVAN SCENE

Notice the design of the clothing. Unlike the Hebrews, the Egyptians basically wore plain white linen.



HEBREW MEN

Historically speaking, these Hebrews would eventually become the rulers of Egypt. Then, they would become the slaves of Egypt. Approx. 1870 b.c.e., Yoseph, son of Israel, became the most powerful man in Egypt, second only to Pharoh himself (ref. Gen.41:39-45). This introduced the Hyksos period in Egyptian history.



HEBREW WOMEN IN WOOLEN GARMENTS

Hebrew women wear very colorful clothing. Most shepherd garments are made from the wool of their sheep. The wool is dyed various colors, spun into yarn, and woven into highly innovative, distinctive, and decorative patterns. Notice that no two women are wearing the same pattern.

Hebrew women are considered very beautiful to look upon. The Egyptians actually created "make-up" to make themselves look as pretty as Hebrew women look naturally; with their vibrant eyes and luscious lips.







THE RACES OF MAN HAVE NOT CHANGED

NORTHERN HAMITES

The biblical name of Egypt is "Mizraim". They are a Hamitic people (ref. Gen.10:6). Their immediate family of nations include the Libyans, the Carthaginians, and the Philistines (ref. Gen.10:13).

The Egyptians considered themselves to be better than the other races of men. In fact, they would not even sit down to eat at the same table with a Hebrew (ref. Gen.43:32).



SOUTHERN HAMITES

The first rulers of the human race, after the Flood, were from the family of Ham (ref. Gen.10:9-11). Nimrod, son of Cush, looked like the figures above. After the Great Confusion (ref. Gen.11:7-8), the sons of Cush established what came to be known as the Nubian Kingdoms of ancient Africa. The nations of Phut, and Sheba are also considered southern Hamitic people.



SHEMITES

The Israelite Exodus from Egypt devastated the economy of the Egyptian empire, as well as it's military might. As their primary work force, the Israelites had provided cheap labor for the Egyptians for many, many years.

And, because of the plagues and disasters associated with the Exodus, the Egyptians also lost faith in their deities. To the Egyptians, the most perplexing Shemites were the Children of Israel.



YAPHET (EUROPEANS)

These people were the last to be given rulership of the earth. They represent the dominions of the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Turks, the Spanish, and the English. The Germans, the Russians, and the French are also nations of Yaphetic people.

As you see, they all have tattoos on their arms and legs. They also wear elaborate clothing and unusual stuff in their hair.



CLOSE-UP OF HEBREW FIGURE

Fringes! Also known as "gedeleem", the Israelites were commanded to wear them on the boarders of their outer garments (ref. Num.15:37-41 and Deut.22:12).





BEDOUIN CAPTIVE

For years, European historians have attempted to obscure the true identity of the ancient Hebrews with names like "bedouin" and "berber". The image of this captive was found in the funeral temple of Ramesses III. He is obviously a very important Hebrew sheik, probably Midianite. His hair is in the unmistakable ancient Hebrew style: LOCKS.



CLOSE-UP OF BEDOUIN CAPTIVE

Originally, Hebrews were of a "high-yellow" complextion. This changed drastically for the Israelites during their 400 year sojourn in Egypt.





CAPTIVES OF RAMESSES II

Just before the Israelite Exodus, the Egyptian Empire was at the height of it's imperial conquests. Approx. 1500 b.c.e., their dominion stretched from the land of the Hittites in the north, to the land of Kush in the south. The Hebrew nations of Midian, Medan, Kedar, Moab, Edom and Ammon were all under tribute to Egypt.



CLOSE-UP OF RAMESSES II CAPTIVES

The captive in the center is definitely a Hebrew. Notice his hair is also in "locks". The captive on the left is Hamitic, probably Libyan; and the captive on the right is also Hebrew, probably of Kedar.







Israelites: Captives of the Assyrians
From the palace of Sennacherib, approx. 680 b.c.e. (ref. 2kings 18:13-14).

KINKY-HAIRED ISRAELITE CAPTIVES


CLOSE-UP OF ISRAELITE CAPTIVES

Who can mistake these Israelites for any people other than us, the descendants of the slaves brought to America. These people are not "White", and certainly not "Native Americans" (i.e. "Indians").



ISRAELITES GOING INTO EXILE

"Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself an exile's baggage, and go into exile by day in their sight..." (ref. Ezek.12:3)

The Assyrians conquered and relocated the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom into what is now known as Iraq, Iran, and Kuwait. Those Israelites who escaped the Assyrians fled south into the lands of Judah, and into Egypt.



CLOSE-UP OF ISRAELITE EXILES








DEAD AND CAPTIVE ISRAELITES

The 28th chapter of Deuteronomy warned the Israelites of what would happen to them if they broke their covenant with the Almighty. The Israelites did break their covenant, and eventually the full curse of the Almighty fell upon them.



CLOSE-UP OF DEAD ISRAELITES





ISRAELITE KING JEHU IN SUBMISSION

This is the only known image of an Israelite king. Jehu, king of the northern Israelites, is shown bowing down to
Shalmanesar, king of the Assyrians, approx. 682 b.c.e. (ref.2Kings 17:3)



CLOSE-UP OF ISRAELITE KING JEHU







ISRAELITES UNDER BABYLONIAN CONTROL

EXILED ISRAELITE MUSICIANS

This relief is from Nineveh, approx. 678 b.c.e. Israelites were always noted for their musical talents. They improved on and created many of the musical instruments used today. These include wind instruments, string instruments, and all types of percussive instruments (ref. Psalm 150).



CLOSE-UP OF HEBREW MUSICIANS

Dreadlocked Israelite musicians have existed for thousands of years. Even today, many Israelite musicians associate hair with music, pride, and power. Many of the original hip-hop artists believed their hair was supposed to be in locks. This also stands true for the majority of Reggae musicians.
The Law Covenant forbid both the shaving off of the beard, and the balding of the head (ref. Lev. 19:27).
Samson's legendary hair was in the form of seven huge locks (ref. Judges 16:13).







IMAGES OF OTHER SHEMITES

ARABS ON CAMELS BATTLE ASSYRIANS

According to the Torah, Ishmael is the son of Abraham by his Egyptian wife, Hagar (ref. Gen. 16:1-4). Ishmael was prophesized to be a "wild ass of a man" (ref. Gen. 16:11-12). Abraham's third wife, Keturah, bore him six sons. These six sons, along with Ishmael became known as the Arabs.
The prophet Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, is from one of these Arabic families.

Approx. 678 b.c.e., the Arabs were also conquered by the Assyrians.

From approx. 680 c.e., to today, their religion of Islam has had a great effect upon the earth's population. Presently, the number of people who practice some form of Islam outnumber those who practice some form of Christianity. Still, the religion of Abraham is at the root of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
Under the banner of Islam, Arabic influence dominated the Middle East for 600 years, and reached into Spain, China, and Africa.

Approx. 1280 c.e., the Ottoman Turks began to take over the Islamic Empire.



CLOSE-UP OF ARAB CAMELMAN

Before the Ottoman Turk invasion of Arabia, the Arabs looked almost identical to their Israelite cousins. Notice the beard, the locks, the nose, and the eyes.

The Ottoman Turks are a Yaphetic (i.e. "White") people. The Arabs of today look so European because of Turkish-Arab race mixing.



ELAMITE SOLDIER

The Elamites rose to power early in post-Flood history (ref. Gen. 14:1)

The Elamites are from the seed of Shem (ref. Gen. 10:22), while the Medes are from the seed of Yaphet
(ref. Gen. 10:2 - "Madai").
Approx. 600 b.c.e., these two nations merged to become the people known as the Persians. The Persian Empire ruled the earth for about 300 years.



CLOSE-UP OF ELAMITE SOLDIER

The present day caste system of India is a direct result of the ancient merger of Madai and Elam
(ref. Dan. 11:1).

Established approx. 2,500 years ago, India's caste system is based on skin color. The very light skinned descendants of Madai are far more privileged than the very dark skinned descendants of Elam.







ISRAELITES OF THE AFRICAN DISPERSION




NATIVE OF SONGO AND HUNTER OF T'CHIBOCO

Both Songo and T'chiboco are located in present day Angola. Early 18th century European explorers into the interior of Africa used guides from these Shemitic African people. Because of their Shemitic ancestry, they remained separate from Hamitic Africans.

Although these Shemitic Africans controlled Africa for thousands of years, they are presently losing all their political power. Their decline began approx. 400 years ago with the initiation of the Atlantic Slave Trade.

One graphic example of this Shemitic vs. Hamitic rivalry is presently being played out in modern day Liberia. Another led to the fall of the Hebrew government of Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia, between 1970 and 1980.



MUTA OF T'CHIBOCO AND WOMAN OF CANGOMBE

Also from present day Angola, these are Shemitic Africans. The Israelite Hebrew slaves brought to America are related to these same people; all being Shemitic Africans.

All the nations that developed from Abraham are Hebrew nations - because Abraham was a Hebrew. Edomites, Israelites and Arabs are all Hebrews.

The Israelites, while dispersed throughout Africa, were first enslaved by Hamitic Africans, who sold them to the Arabs. These Ottomanized Arabs served as middlemen between the Hamitic enslavers and the European American buyers.

This slave trade fulfilled a curse pronounced on the Israelites, by the Almighty, some 3,300 years earlier
(ref. Deut. Chap. 28).



NATIVE OF BAILUNDO AND WOMAN OF LUIMBE

Most of the descendants of America's slaves know little or nothing about their Shemitic African ancestry. They believe their non-Hamitic features come from being mixed with Native American Indians. Because, unlike Hamitic people, Israelites have oval faces, and large vibrant eyes (as opposed to the smaller, shallower eyes of Hamitic people). And Israelites come in a variety of skin tones; from high yellow to dark brown
(ref. Jer. 12:9).

Israelites have "better" hair than Hamitic Africans, and it grows much longer. But, Israelite hair will naturally begin to "lock" at a certain length; approx. 2 inches. Hamites grow little or no facial hair, while Israelites grow a tremendous amount of facial hair. Even some Israelite women are able to grow a mustache, and sometimes even a beard. Israelites are forbidden to shave off the hair on their head and face
(ref. Lev. 19:27).

The Ashanti people of West Africa are definitely Hebrew Africans; as are the Fulani, and elements of the Yoruba people.



ASHANTI AMBASSADORS - 1881 c.e.

The Ashanti claim they are the dispersed descendants of the biblical inhabitants of Ashan
(ref. Josh. 19:7 & 2Ch. 6:59).

Although the Ashanti have picked up many Hamitic customs, their Israelite customs are equally practiced. Among these Israelite practices are:

A. - Slavery for debt (ref. Exo. 25:39)
B. - Purification ceremony after childbirth (ref. Lev. 12:1-5)
C. - Menstrual seclusion (ref. Lev. 16:19-24)
D. - Belief in ONE Supreme Almighty Power (ref. Exo. 20:3)
E. - Extreme reverence for the Holy Name (ref. Exo. 20:7)



CLOSE-UP OF ASHANTI PRIEST

Notice his head cover, and especially his breastplate necklace.

The breastplate contains twelve jewels, set three across, in four horizontal rows. This is exactly according to the Breastplate made for the High Priest of Israel (ref. Exo. 28:15-27).

And, although any Israelite may wear a head cover; Israelite Priests "must" wear head covers (a.k.a. bonnets) when on duty (ref. Exo. 28:40 & Exo. 39:28).





THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE



Of the more than 600 million Africans enslaved and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean, relatively few actually came to
the United States. Many of these rich plantation owners were Masons, and they wanted only one type of slave: Hebrew.
They believed, and rightly so, that having Hebrew slaves would guarantee their sucess.
They well understood the "Curse of the Ancient Israelites."




NOTABLE ISRAELITES OF AMERICA


PROPHET WILLIAM S. CROWDY

William S. Crowdy was born a slave in Maryland in the year 1847. A year later (1848 c.e.), notable English explorers into Africa reported discovering "African Jews"!

William S. Crowdy was emancipated at age 18. He served in the Union army during the Civil War. After the war, he traveled west to Okalahoma, where he bought a farm. Upon learning to read and write, his human experience, along with world events and his ability to read the Bible, led him to believe that the slaves of America were actually the true Children of Israel. Eventually he married and raised a family in Kansas City, Missouri. But, over the years his reasoning about the Bible and his people haunted him. Finally, at age 46, he began telling others by preaching on the streets of Kansas City.

Three years later, he was living and preaching in Chicago. There, he was ordained a "Bishop" by a few of the ministers he had commissioned to teach. In the year 1896, his organization became incorporated as "The Church of God and the Saints of Christ". Although founded during the times of "Jim Crow", his church was integrated, and most of the incorporating members were White.

Bishop Crowdy died in 1908, at the age of 61. After his death, his church divided along racial lines. The White faction is presently a global Christian assembly in competition with the Jehovah's Witness conglomerate. The Black faction became increasingly more and more "jewish". It is presently viewed as on of the largest Israelite congregations, having a number of "Temples" throughout the United States.







RABBI WENTWORTH A. MATTHEW

Wentworth A. Matthew was 16 years old when William S. Crowdy died. At age 27, he founded the Commandment Keepers Congregation in Harlem, New York. Over the next 50 years, many of the Master Teachers (i.e. Rabbi) he trained went on to establish synagogues of their own throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Rabbi Matthew was also a close associate of Rabbi Arnold J. Ford. At the age of 81, Rabbi Matthew died in 1973.







RABBI ARNOLD JOSIAH FORD

From about 1913, until 1928, Josiah Ford served as Marcus Garvey's Musical Director. After the collapse of the Garvey Movement, Josiah Ford founded the Beth B'nai Abraham Congregation. During the 1920's, both he and Wentworth Matthew learned of the Black Jews of Ethiopia - known as the Falasha - and began to identify with them. The multitude of Rabbi Ford's congregation was absorbed by Rabbi Matthew's when financial problems ended Rabbi Ford's operation during the 1930's. His headwrap is exactly like that presently worn by B'nai Zaqen.







BEN AMMI --------------------------- & ---------------- YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH

During the late1960's Ben Ammi Carter and Shaleah Ben Israel sucessfully drew large numbers of Black Nationalists, from in and around Chicago, into their "Original Hebrew Israelite Nation". By 1971, over 300 members had migrated to the land of Israel. Currently, they occupy two villages in southern Israel. Now known as the Kingdom of Yah (KOY), they have a number of operations throughout the United States.


During the 1970's, Yahweh Ben Yahweh, (born Hulon Mitchell, Jr.) founded the "Nation of Yahweh". He taught his followers that the true Lost Tribe of Judah is the Black people in America and the Caribbean. But, because he also said he was the son of the Most High, some of his over zealous followers actually murdered and decapitated a member of his organization, who openly opposed this teaching. Eventually, this caused Yahweh ben Yahweh to be convicted on Conspiracy to Commit Murder charges in 1991.







MODERN DAY FALASHA

The term "Falasha" actually means "stranger", and is applied by Hamites to those Israelites who occupy their lands. Centered mainly in Ethiopia, the Falasha were discovered by European explorers in 1848. The Falasha call themselves Beta Israel. They practiced the Laws of the Torah according to their understanding. Numbering approx. 45,000 persons, their elemental composition is from a number of Israelite tribes - especially the tribes of Dan, Judah, Naphtali, Simeon, and Benjamin.

And, the Ark of the Covenant is believed to still be protected by true Israelite Levites in some mountain stronghold in Ethiopia.

FALASHA ISRAELITE TEENAGER AND MAN

ELDERLY FALASHA ISRAELITES

GROUP OF FALASHA PROTESTERS IN ISRAEL

Since their "discovery" in 1848, Beta Israel (i.e. the Falasha) have been subject to various European masters. Many were immediatly converted into Christians. During the 1930's, Ethiopia was the last independant African nation. Every other nation in Africa had been colonized by some European power. Then, in 1938, Ethiopia was invaded and conquored by Italy, under the facist rule of Mussolini. During the Cold War period (1948-1985), the United States restored the government of Haile Selassie I, and established missle bases in Ethiopia. After the withdrawal of U.S. forces in the late 1960's, Communist influence over the Hamitic population in the region forced the Hebrews out of power. Historically, Israelites had ruled Ethiopia from the times of King Solomon until the end of Haile Selassie's government. During the 1990's the Jewish State of Israel airlifted thousands of Falasha out of Africa into Israel under an operation codenamed "Operation Moses"


FALASHA BOY AND YOUNG WOMAN







MODERN DAY HEBREWS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

PLOWMAN OF NABLUS IN SAMARIA

These images of Hebrews still in and around the land of Israel, remind us that the true Israelites have not changed much in appearance over the last 4,000 years. The plowman of Nablus looks almost exactly like Gad ben Gad of Philadelphia. The shepherd of Jordan looks almost exactly like Israel ben Israel of Baltimore.

SHEPHERD OF JORDAN

STREET SINGER OF YEMEN

This street singer of Yemen (minus the paint) looks exactly like a sister you see everyday in any major city of the United States.








CREDITS


"VIEWS OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD" (VOL.3)
International Publishing Co. Ltd. Jerusalem - 1960

p.110 ... Dead Israelites
p.167 ... Israelite Exiles



"GENESIS - WORLD OF MYTHS AND PATRIARCHS"
by Ada Feyerick
New York University Press - 1996

p.76-77 ... (4) races of Man
p.190-191 ... Hebrew Caravan



"THE OXFORD HISTORY OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD"
Edited by Michael D. Coogan
Oxford university Press - 1998
New York and Oxford

p.89 ... Hebrew Brick Makers
p.322.8 ... Kinky haired Captives of the Assyrians



"EGYPT - 400 YEARS OF ART"
by Jaromir Malek
Phaidon Press Limited - 2003
London and New York

p.253 ... Bedouin Captive


"EVERYDAY LIFE IN BIBLICAL TIMES"
National Geographic Society - 1967

p.34-35 ... Modern Day Hebrews of the Middle East
p.131 ... Hebrew Water Boy
p.141 ... Young Hebrews Gathering Grapes
p.284 ... Elamite Soldier



"COLLINS ATLAS OF THE BIBLE"
Edited by James B. Pritchard
Borders Press/HarperCollins Publishers - 2003
Ann Arbor, Michigan

p.49 ... Captives of Ramesses II



"6,000 YEARS OF THE BIBLE"
by G.S.Wegener
Harpers and Row Publishers - 1963
New York and Evanston

p.36-37 ... Arabs on Camels Battle Assyrians
p.74 ... Israelite King Hoshea



"THE ILLUSTRATED LIBRARY OF THE WORLD AND IT'S PEOPLE"
Vol - Israel and Turkey
Greystone Press - 1966 and 1968
New York

p.94 ... Exiled Israelite Musicians



"HEBREWISMS OF WEST AFRICA"
by Joseph J. Williams, S.J.
Biblo and Tannen Publishers

p.82 ... Ashanti Ambassadors


www.churchofgod1896.org/founder.html
...image of William S. Crowdy


"THE JERUSALEM CHRONICAL"
Vol.9 - No.2
p.3 ... image of Rabbi Arnold J. Ford


"THE JERUSALEM CHRONICAL"
Vol.12 - No.3
p.2 ... image of Yahweh ben Yahweh
p.3 ... image of Ben Ammi


"DREAD NEWS"
First Publication of the Baltimore Dread Society
September 1993

p.1 ... Native of Songo and Hunter of T'chiboco
p.2 ... Muta of T'chiboco and woman of Cangombe
p.3 ... Native of Bailundo and woman of Luimbe