Kicking Over Sacred Cows-Was Jesus Black?

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Religion
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In my ongoing series kicking over sacred cows I wanted to tackle the very controversial subject; was Jesus(Yashua) black. I could simply say “NO” and that would be it. We have to look at why. In dealing with this subject it opens up other unanswered questions. The first thing that comes to mind is King David.

From the scholarly work “The Real Jesus” by Garner Ted Armstrong Pg 54 “Jesus could have been either blond, redheaded, or dark-headed. There is no way to really tell. If we may speculate, it may be reasonable to postulate that Jesus could have looked somewhat like his physical ancestor, David. There is evidence that David was “ruddy” in complexion, meaning he was fair skinned, and probably red haired. Jesus was from David’s own lineage, and that David was in fact a type of Jesus Christ, if there is any such “type and anti-type,” perhaps Jesus could also have been fair and red haired (freckle-faced also?).”

The second issue is, in most pictures we always see a long haired Jesus. The Apostle Paul forbade long hair on a man (1 Cor 11:14). In (Rev 9:4) men with long hair had teeth of Lions, being described as demons. Hollywood has sold nominal Christians a bill of goods of a blatant lie. The third issue corresponds with the second issue that has to do with graven images. They are forbidden but walk into any room or look at the “Passion of the Christ”, which was a good movie; except for the long haired Jesus part (Ex 20:4).

Lastly, before we answer the text that most people use to substantiate the Messiah as being black. Allow me to ask this question; what does it matter? The messiah represented all races, he doesn’t show partiality. Look at the case for Moses whom married an Ethiopian/Cushite woman. Depending on who you ask, she was either white or black; Ethiopian(light colored) by geography. As the story goes Mariam was struck with leprosy. This really occurred because of her position as a prominent woman or person (Ex 1, Ex 15). Race was the pretext issue.

For the reason we are here. This is where I disagree with the black church for saying the Messiah is black by using an obscure verse out of context.

13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

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.

Remember this first, the book of revelation simply means a revealing. Also it can’t be taken literally. John was in a vision, a trance like state like Peter was in Acts 10. Revelations is full of allegory. Read again the description of the Messiah, this was his glorious state in which John saw and described. It was an 8 fold description of Yashua.

1. His body was clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded with golden girdle (v 13, Cp. Dan 15:5)

2. His hair was white like wool and snow (v 14, Dan 7:9)

3. His eyes were as as a flame of fire (v 14, 19:12, Dan 10:6, Hab 1:13)

4. His feet were like fine brass (v 15, 10:1, Dan 10:6)

5. His voice like many waters (v 15, 8:5, Heb 12:26, Dan 10:6)

6. His right hand held 7 stars, which were the pastors of the 7 churches (v 16)

7. His mouth had a two-edged sword coming out of it (v 16, Eph 6:17, Heb 4:12)

8. His countenance(face) shone like the sun (v 16, Dan 10:6)

All in all we showed what the Messiah probably looked like. The answer I leave you with is, he was probably all the above. This comes from-Origin And Growth Of Races pg 2

“Thus the word “Adam” literally has the meaning of “red clay” in the Hebrew language and denotes that Adam was created of red clay. The composition of red clay is such that its color can be made to vary by changes in moisture, heat, and sunlight. Red clay, under the sun’s ray will change to pink, yellow, or black. Similarly, we have in Adam, the red-clay man, the original from which developed white, yellow-brown, and black races.”

Maybe this answers the question or sheds serious light on the subject at hand.

written by John The Revelator


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