Well, I told you all I would dedicate every blog post to Igboness, and take you on a journey. Finally I said, let me just begin. This means so much to me, because we are literally on a journey of a story that has been told, and so much unity can come if we recognize who we are. I am about all Blackness, but I have to be honest about the importance of the identity of the Hebrews, as the narrative was strategically changed and manipulated to benefit a group of people, and we haven’t realized that they are receiving our benefit.
Well, let me back up. So, I went on a journey and read the whole entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation in 2017 because as someone who grew up believing what was in it, I found that the same verses get circulated, and the same concepts, but nothing really in the small details. Since I was in high school I’ve always questioned if the Bible was an African story, and I kept saying it – that the Bible is an African story – at the time not realizing what I was saying, until I got older. It never made sense to me, and I did question it, how someone can say the world started in Africa, and the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew a language of what I then knew as Jewish people – who are white. At the time I knew I was Igbo but hadn’t dug deep into what it means, after all, I’m half “Nigerian” right, what does the Igboness matter? Well, upon further discovery as I got older, I without a question knew that the Bible was an African story of African people. I’m a practical person, if I’m going to believe something, I’m going to study it. There are so many people who are the most into church who didn’t even know basic scriptures that were there when I quoted them, so I knew early on that many people didn’t read it, or just read the basic scriptures of promises, and not the stories. So I decided I had to be different. We live in a society where the Bible can be on audio, so I read some, and listened to some, but I completed it. I read the World English Bible as well, the WEB, which claims to be the best translation, with 13 extra books that were kept out of the version we know as King James or New International Version (2 versions that most churches use). I also purchased the African study Bible in 2015, written and interpreted by James A. Felder to fit Egyptian narratives and make sense of the stories from a perspective of that region. Keep in mind, I know that white interpretations are misinterpretations, but with the history of the colonizer we know, they haven’t created anything, they’ve only copied, and they had no God, so I didn’t believe they can make the whole story up, even if they made up a little and misinterpreted a lot to fit their narratives. That’s why it was important for me to cross reference with actual history. I’ll get to that in a later post.
So we fast forward again; I got to Revelation, the last book of the Bible, and I read Revelation 2:9 which says, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” That immediately shocked me, I never even read that before, and at the time I had been a few years in on trying to connect Igbos to the Hebrew journey, so it was a first step. I kept reading and got to Revelation 3:9 which says, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee”. I said wait a minute now, this sounds like a completion of a story from the Old Testament, and I began to get excited. I’ll get into that story tomorrow, so I can let you all digest a little, but, what it meant was, somebody’s lying!, and I know only one people in the world who’s Jew-ship has been questioned, and I know only one people in the world who has falsely claimed identities and ripped identities from people, so it was a start. Oh, this must be talking about those white Jews….. interesting. So I want to break it down a little, to help understand these 2 verses alone.
Revelation 2:9 I know your works and tribulation and poverty (but you are rich)… well, if we look at Black people specifically, there is a claim that poverty encompasses us, yet we are in the richest land on the planet, resource wise, however, let’s take it further; we have richness in culture, the world built its wealth on our culture – our music, our sportsmanship, our vernacular, our labor. The current Jews are extremely rich, not poor at all, so rich that they have received reparations in abundance on all levels -including a free trip to the land when they turn 18, and reparations from 3 countries, education benefits, you name it- and when we look at their history of claim to that promised land, it is very shaky. So, the next part of Revelation 2:9 that speaks of blasphemy definitely fits their narrative, why? Because how can they say they they left Israel for hundreds of years to go to Europe and come back, therefore not keeping original parts of their language? So you left not one person on the land? How many other original languages are wiped out completely or have drastically changed from the original? Or were you never inhabitants in the first place? Based on your history, people who look just like you are known to colonize lands and resources, especially lands right next to the one you’ve claimed. What is the Middle East? A plot of land that just happens to be attached to Africa by a string? An Afro-Asiatic land which makes no sense for white people to be in sight, and they don’t look Black, or Asian? Alright then, we move. So the last part of Revelation 2:9 speaks of the blasphemous Jews being a synagogue of satan. How does the Bible describe satan? Someone who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Hasn’t that been the very legacy of whites since we encountered them? First came to steal us and our resources, kill us for hundreds of years, and our leaders who try to liberate us, and destroy every land they’ve set foot on, leaving it in pieces due to war, oil drones, and factories that uproot and misplace people who inhabit those lands. Are you convinced yet? Well, let’s move onto Revelation 3:9.
Keep in mind I’m only arguing with this blog post the initial reason I believe the current Jews are not the real Jews. Revelation 3:9 goes on to say again that the Jews who claim to be Jews are lying, and that they will come and worship before “your” feet. Who is your? Well, I had to think, who are these people in the Bible that have always been oppressed? Jews! The greatest oppression story of the Bible, Jews who were seeking the promised land. But ask yourself, how can the same Jews that were oppressed in the Old Testament be the same Jews that are oppressing. You see where the colonizer messed up in his interpretations? It doesn’t make sense. So who are the Jews of the Old Testament, and who are the Jews that are lying? Hmmm….. so lying Jews are going to worship at Oppressed Jews feet? Well my friends, this is where we have to begin to dismantle the misinterpretations that have kept us not knowing who we are. I’ll leave it there for now…
Tell me what you think, do you have any questions?
See you same time tomorrow!