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I received the following letter from a subscriber in South Africa, dealing with race, and Revelation. Questions about race and race relations are difficult to answer, and it is very easy to get sued or shut down. For a great many people, blood pressure and emotions run high before a word is even spoken. However, it is important that we answer these questions by speaking the truth in love, so that we may grow up together as one body into our Head (Yeshua).
Ephesim (Ephesians) 4:15
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Messiah —
Here is the letter:
Good day Brother Norman.
Greetings from South Africa.
I would like you to know Sir that I have enjoy your Revelation explanation on you tube. It was the most rewarding study, and the most blessed one.
And as You have said it is nothing to do with race, I am a a white woman in South Africa. My fore father’s are coming from the protestantism out of Europe. In 1652 they landed here in the Cape of good Hope.
I am a White horse. Thank you My Eliohim for that.
My question is this, I know Ham and Nimrod where in Africa, Libya. But where are the dark African races and the American Negros in the Revelation? I personally believes that they are the beasts of the field.
Where do they fit in. I can’t make the connection’s.
I really enjoy your teachings.
I hope I will hear from You soon.
I am glad if the Revelation study serves the cause.
About Ham, it is not an easy question to answer, but Yahweh’s word does have answers for these questions, and it is also very important that we answer them, because during the millennium we will all be together in the same land, and we need to love each other as He loves us. Right now, the Ephraimite movement is not yet there.
No matter who we are, or what color skin we have, it is natural for humans to assume that we are better than everyone else, and then look for reasons to justify our existing prejudices. However, what we need to do is to pray and ask Yahweh to take away our fleshly egotism and pride, so that in humility and lowliness of mind we can consider others to be better than ourselves.
Philipim (Philippians) 2:1-4
1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Messiah, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,
2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
This applies to race relations as well.
To begin with, what we need to realize is that race is of the flesh, and the things of the flesh divide, because the flesh seeks its own good (and not the good of others). However, it is impossible to please Yahweh when we think like this, because in the end we are all children of Adam, and also of Noach (Noah).
In contrast to the flesh (which divides), right religion and spirituality are unifiers. They can help us to overcome the divisions created by fleshly pride and ego. That is why right religion and spirituality will be of the utmost importance to us when Yahweh brings us all back to the land, after Armageddon.
Scripture tells us that when Yahweh brings us back, we will come out of every nation. This means there will be Nazarene Israelites of all different colors and races. We can see this in the promises Yahweh gave to Avraham. (For details, see Nazarene Israel.)
B’reisheet (Genesis) 22:15-18
15 Then the messenger of Yahweh called to Avraham a second time out of heaven,
16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says Yahweh, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son —
17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Yahweh also promised Yaakov (later renamed Israel) that his descendants would return back to the land from every family. Again, this means there will be Nazarene Israelites of all different colors and races. Because race and egotism divide, the only way unity will be possible is if we all practice the right religion and spirituality.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 28:14-15
14 “Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you [genetically] and in your Seed [Yeshua] all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”
As I explain in Nazarene Israel, this blessing comes in two parts. The Apostle Shaul tells us that the “Seed” here is Yeshua, but the promise that all of the families of the earth would be blessed “in you” refers to Israel’s genetics. Sometimes people have a hard time with the thought that all of the families of the earth have Israel’s DNA, but there have been many exiles and dispersions of Israel over the millennia, and Israelites have also historically gone wherever there was money to be made (meaning, on every trade route). Israel was also a limited seafaring nation, and there have been many Israelite artifacts found in the New World, so it is not hard to see that Israel’s genetics could easily have gone to the ends of the earth over many millennia.
Before we go further, let us go back to Genesis, with Noach (Noah) and the Flood. Noach had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Yapheth.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 5:32
32 And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Yapheth.
The name Shem means “name”, but more in the sense of reputation or renown, than any specific sound.
OT:8035 Shem (shame); the same as OT:8034; name; Shem, a son of Noah (often include. his posterity):
KJV – Sem, Shem.
When we look up the root at Strong’s OT:8034, we see that Shemites are concerned with their reputation, and their name in the community. They are concerned for their family’s honor, authority, and character. These are all traits that Israelites historically prized (and they are also traits that we should prize).
OT:8034 shem (shame); a primitive word [perhaps rather from OT:7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare OT:8064]; an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character:
KJV – base, [in-] fame [-ous], named (-d), renown, report.
Shem went east and crossed the land bridge into the Americas. This means that Indian people (in India), the Chinese, the Japanese, and almost all of the indigenous Native American peoples are of Shemite stock. This is a good stock to be from, as Israel also descends from Shem. Shemites are typically conscious of their family’s reputation in society, and consciousness of the family’s reputation is found all throughout Scripture.
Yapheth went north into what later became Christian Europe. The name Yapheth means “expansion” (and it is also related to the word for beauty).
OT:3315 Yepheth (yeh’-feth); from OT:6601; expansion; Jepheth, a son of Noah; also his posterity:
The Yaphethite predisposition toward expansion is also why the white European peoples historically had large empires, and the fact that this word is related to the word for beauty explains their beautiful buildings and artwork.
As I show in Nazarene Israel, Yahweh tied the lost ten tribes of the house of Israel (Ephraim) to Yapheth, so that as he expanded his empires (and financial empires) into all the four corners of the globe, he would take the Good News of Yeshua with him. I also show how the house of Ephraim was more specifically tied to what later became the Protestant countries of Northwestern Europe (e.g., Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia, the UK, and parts of France and northern Italy, etc.). One reason Yahweh did this was not because the Yaphethites were better than anyone else, or because He loves them more, but rather because He has used them to accomplish the promises He gave to Avraham and Israel. Simply put, that means Yahweh does not love white people more than anyone else, and whiteness is not anything to be proud over, because as we have already seen, after Armageddon many will come from east and from west, out of all nations and families, while the sons of the kingdom will be cast into the outer darkness.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:11-12
11 “And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
It would be easy for Yaphethite Ephraim to be prideful, because of the many blessings that Yahweh has given him. However, Yaphethite Ephraim’s job isn’t to think of himself as being superior because Yahweh has blessed him with technology—Yaphethite Ephraim’s job is to take the Good News to Shem and Ham, to humbly help them come into the kingdom alongside of him as his brothers in the covenant, so that when the Ingathering comes, those who are chosen will come back to the land and form the millennial reign.
[To be complete, before we discuss Ham we should also mention that both Spain and Portugal are of Yaphethite stock, but there is also a relatively higher percentage of Jewish blood both in Spain and in Portugal, because Israel has had relations with Spain (called Sepharad in Scripture) since ancient times. Hence, there is also a relatively higher percentage of Jewish DNA in white Latin American blood, than in white Anglo-American blood.]
The name Ham means “hot”, as referring to a hot climate or habitat (as in Africa).
OT:2526 Cham (khawm); the same as OT:2525; hot (from the tropical habitat); Cham, a son of Noah; also (as a patronymic) his descendants or their country.
Ham has a difficult history that still affects him today. According to Genesis 9, Ham disrespected his father Noach, and Noach cursed him and his descendant Canaan. The Torah says Noach planted a vineyard and got drunk, and then uncovered himself in his tent. There are many interpretations as to what “uncovered himself” means, but instead of quietly covering his father, he told his brothers outside, and in a way that disrespected his father Noach.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 9:18-27
18 Now the sons of Noach who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Yapheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan.
19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.
20 And Noach began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.
21 Then he drank of the wine and was drunk, and became uncovered in his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside.
23 But Shem and Yapheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.
24 So Noach awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him.
25 Then he said: “Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants He shall be to his brethren.”
26 And he said: “Blessed be Yahweh, The Elohim of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May Elohim enlarge Yapheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant.”
There are several things we need to understand here. One is that love is supposed to cover the loved one’s sin. Love does not shame a loved one before other, because such shaming causes a separation, and division.
Mishle (Proverbs) 17:9
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
Because Ham did not love his father Noach enough to cover his sin, his father Noach pronounced a curse upon him, and also on his son Canaan (and hence, effectively upon his other descendants). And because Ham did not honor his father, he did not receive the same blessings as the other two sons.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 6:1-3
1 Children, obey your parents in Yahweh, for this is right.
2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:
3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
To compound matters, Genesis 1 tells us that living beings reproduce after their own kinds. This means that if Ham did not honor his father (and mother), then his descendants were also unlikely to honor them properly, and thus they were unlikely to receive the blessings, so that it might be well with them.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 1:24-25
24 Then Elohim said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
25 And Elohim made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And Elohim that it was good.
Further, Exodus 20:4-6 shows us that it takes three or four generations of consistent effort in order to break the negative cycle, and to purge the DNA, so that a good and respectful cycle can be established in its place.
Shemote (Exodus) 20:4-6
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, Yahweh your Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
Yet part of the Good News of Yeshua is that when we accept Yeshua as our Messiah and abide in Him, and Him in us, we are no longer Shemites, Yaphethites, or Hamites, but Nazarene Israelites. Therefore, we no longer belong to the nations, but to (Nazarene) Israel. Thus, any generational sins can be broken, and any genetic predispositions to sin can be purged from our DNA with three or four generations of consistent effort. And there is not just a cleansing process, but renewed life in Yeshua Messiah.
Qolossim (Colossians) 3:6-11
6 Because of these things the wrath of Elohim is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised [i.e., Orthodox] nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Messiah is all and in all.
And when anyone of any race, from Shem or Yapheth or Ham, comes to the faith in Messiah Yeshua, and is a new creation, he deserves to be treated like one, for they also are part of Yeshua’s body. And all parts of the body are to work together, for His glory.
It sounds like your original question, however, pertains to unbelieving Ham.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 10:6
6 The sons of Ham were Cush [Ethiopia], Mizraim [Egypt], Put [Libya], and Canaan [Levant].
Traditional scholarship identifies Cush with Ethiopia, Mitzraim with Egypt, Put (or Phut) with Libya, and Canaan with the original inhabitants of the Southern Levant (Israel and Lebanon). We should note that Cush and Put will come against Israel in the second war of Gog and Magog (at the end of the millennium).
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 38:5
5 Persia, Ethiopia [Cush], and Libya [Put] are with them, all of them with shield and helmet…
However, in this context, Cush and Put refer not to those of Hamite extraction who have been joined to Yeshua, but to those who have not. Further, Egypt does not come against Israel, because it is joined to it at some point.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 19:21-25
21 Then Yahweh will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to Yahweh and perform it.
22 And Yahweh will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to Yahweh, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria — a blessing in the midst of the land,
25 whom Yahweh of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
So, even though Mitzraim is of Ham, he will eventually belong to Yahweh, thus shredding any argument that Yahweh does not love the sons of Ham also.
The beasts of the field you refer to are part of the first war of Gog and Magog, which we show in Revelation and the End Times is the same as Armageddon.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 39:1-4
1 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says Yahweh Elohim: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;
2 and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
3 Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.
4 You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.”
At the remez (hint) level, the reference to bows tell us that this is the Muslim people, as Ishmael was an archer.
B’reisheet (Genesis) 21:20
20 So Elohim was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
To answer your original question as to the identity of the beasts of the field, I don’t believe it can be a reference to unbelieving Ham, as I am not sure why Hamites would devour Muslims. The idea does not make sense to me, especially since many Muslims are of Hamite extraction.
Further, even apart from Israel there is a danger in equating nationality and race, as we know that in the first century there were some from Egypt and Libya among those who believed on Messiah Yeshua (verse 10).
Ma’asei (Acts) 2:8-11
8 “And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabs — we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of Elohim.”
Beyond this, Acts 13 speaks of a certain prophet or teacher known as “Simon called Niger.”
Ma’asei (Acts) 13:1
1 Now in the ecclesia that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Strong’s NT:3526 tells us that the name Niger means “black.”
NT:3526 Niger (neeg’-er); of Latin origin; black; Niger, a Christian:
So, what we have seen so far is that after Armageddon, the land of Israel will be filled with believers in Yeshua who come from all nations, and all families. They will be from all races, including Shem, Yapheth, and Ham.
Zecharyah (Zechariah) 9:6
6 “A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, And I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.”
We have seen that even though Mitzraim (Egypt) is of Ham, Mitzraim will one day belong to Yahweh. Further, Acts chapter 2 records believing disciples in Yeshua who came from Mitzraim and Phut (Libya). There is also a reference to a notable disciple in Acts 13 who was known as “Simon called Niger”, whom many believe was of Hamite extraction.
To be complete, I understand that there have been many tens of thousands of murders targeting white people in South Africa, whether Protestant or not, and that the political situation has all the makings for white genocide (Yahweh forbid). I would be very sad to see it, although at this point I would not be surprised. I continue to believe that those who live in South Africa should pray about relocation (and whatever Yahweh says is always best). However, if such a white genocide does come (Yahweh forbid), I do not believe it will be perpetrated by those who believe in Messiah Yeshua, but rather by those Hamites who do not believe.
Race is of the flesh, and it is a primary cause of division worldwide. Only religion has the power to overcome this, and only the Nazarene Israelite faith in Messiah Yeshua has the power to overcome this in a way that is pleasing to Elohim.
The part of the Nazarene Israelite faith that has the power to overcome racial division is the part that has us esteeming others greater than ourselves. This requires paying attention to the quality of the other person’s spirit, rather than his flesh. This is also the ethic that will be needed for all of us to dwell happily together in the millennium.