African film in the bible

 AFRICAN FILM IN THE BIBLE                                    

 Dr. Motsoko Pheko

Africa and Africans are mentioned more than one thousand times in the Bible. Their frequent number is second only to that of the ancient Jews. Jews are mentioned more than 2500 times. Africans seem to be the only people who interacted more with ancient Jews than any other people on this planet.
Encyclopaedia Judaica attests to this historical fact when it records, “The propinquity (nearness) of the land of Israel to the African Continent profoundly influenced the history of the Jewish people.”
The Bible shows that God has used Africa and Africans in many different ways for His divine purposes on this earth. This is in addition to including His love for them in John 3:16 where the Bible declares:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
During the “European Renaissance” (1475-1564) whose main achievement for Africans was the European Trans Atlantic Slave Trade in human cargo, colonialism and racism; the most famous Italian artist Michelangelo, together with some church leaders of the time in Europe; “whitened” all biblical characters except Satan and Judas who are often presented as “black” in films and plays, even in European literature.
Many European theologians later crowned this demonic deceitful vile doctrine with what they ungodly and diabolically called “the curse of Ham.” They spread this perfidious untruth to do all kinds of evil that dehumanised Africans/Black people.
The Bible however, shows how God has used and honoured Africa and Africans in many situations of this world. Therefore, Africans both at home and in the Diaspora must recognise this divine honour to them, humbly. They must be grateful to God for whom they are, and stand among the nations of the world in dignity, thankful to God that He not only made them in His image, but He has used them in world history in many ways for His own divine purposes and glory. The following facts from the Bible speak for themselves.
1. The First Five Books Of The Bible Are Attributed To A Man Who Was Born And Educated in Africa
The first five books of the Bible are attributed to a man who was born in Africa, educated in Africa and married an African woman Zipporah. She was a daughter of an African priest called Jethro. He is known also as Reuel. Zipporah described Moses as an Egyptian. Ancient Egyptians were Black people. According to Genesis 10:6-20, they were the descendants of Mizraim the second son of Ham.
Five times the Bible mentions Africa and some parts of Africa that were as far as Babylon, Mesopotamia etc. The Bible called them the “Land of Ham” (Psalm 78:51; 105:23, 27; 106:22, 1 Chronicle 4:40). Canaan in particular through his son Nimrod settled in many areas called the “Middle East” today e.g. parts of Syria and Iraq and Asia.
2. Moses’ Life Was Protected In Africa
God used Africa and Africans to save the life of Moses through Thermuthis, a daughter of Pharaoh Seti I. (Genesis 2:1-10). Moses grew as prince in the royal African family of Pharaoh. He was not only brought up in an African family; but he received his education in Africa. As the Bible puts it:
“Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians (Africans/Black people) and was powerful in speech and action.” (Acts 7:22) Later when Moses was to become a leader of the Israelites, he was advised and counselled by his African father-in-law, Jethro. (Exodus 4:18; 18:1-12)
3. God Used Africa To Save Abraham From Starvation
God used Africa and Africans to preserve Abraham in Mizraim/Kemet (ancient Egypt). He had left his country because of lack of food and starvation in his own country (Genesis 12:9-20; 13:1-5).
Abraham’s wife Sarah was a beautiful woman. Abraham feared that the African ruler would take her for his wife and kill him. He lied to the Pharaoh that Sarah was his sister. Pharaoh took over Sarah, but his country was inflicted with diseases because of Sarah. The cause of the diseases was because Sarah was in fact, the wife of Abraham. The Pharaoh confronted Abraham. Why did you say she was your sister? He then restored Sarah to Abraham and gave a lot of wealth to him and told him to leave the African country (Genesis 12:10-20, 13:1-2).
4. God Talked With Abimelech a Descendant of Ham
In Genesis 20:1-18, the Bible reveals that Abraham moved into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. This area was ruled by another descendant of Ham called Abimelech. “For a while he stayed in Gerar, and there Abraham said of his wife, ‘She is my sister.’ Then Abimelech king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her.
But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, ‘You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.’
Now Abimelech had not gone near her, so he said, ‘Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister, and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”
Then God said to him in the dream, ‘Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all yours will die.’
Early the next morning Abimelech summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham in and said, ‘What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should not be done.’
And Abimelech asked Abraham, ‘What was your reason for doing this?’
Abraham replied, ‘I said to myself, there is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife….’ (Genesis 20:1-11)
Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and man servants and women servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you: dwell where it pleases you.”
5. What Ancient historians Have Written About Africans
Like Abraham, there are many non-Africans, even many Africans today, who are ignorant of the fact that God talked to and dealt with Africans in various ways, long before the Bible and the Koran were written. Africans feared God and their standard of morality and human treatment was very high.
The fear of Abraham and Isaac that African rulers would deprive them of their beautiful wives was based on ignorance of the culture of African people, particularly with regard to the treatment of strangers. In Africa strangers were always pampered with unimaginable boundless hospitality. No wonder Western Europeans in particular, took advantage of this hospitality and magnanimity and robbed Africans of their lands and riches therein through the slave trade and colonialism.
Many ancient historians, especially Greeks and Romans commented in depth on how they found and viewed ancient Africans/Black people. One of them wrote, “…the fear of and love of God [is] the peculiar gift of Black people.”
Lucian, a Greek satirist – “free thinker” of ancient times and Homer, another outstanding Greek writer who had a deep knowledge of Africans; described them as “blameless Ethiopians” fit to dine only with [European] gods. Homer was author of the first known literature in Europe. According to Herodotus, “the father of European history” Homer was born about 850 B.C. and died in 750 B.C. Lucian was born about 125 A.D. and died in 180 A.D.
Africans were never “heathens,” “pagans” or “kaffirs” if these words mean people with no knowledge of God or are atheists. The author of the biography of Prophet Mohammed, Ibn Hisham has recorded that this prophet so trusted Black people/Africans that he instructed his followers who were at that time being persecuted for their Islamic religion to go to Ethiopia (Africa).
“You will find a King under whom none are persecuted,” said the prophet of Islam. “It is a land of righteousness where God will give you relief from what you are suffering.”
God used Africa and Africans for His honour and glory, and to execute His plan for the redemption of mankind. What would have happened if these black people killed Abraham? How would Isaac been born? How would Jacob been born? How would Manasseh and Judah been born? What about David and Solomon whose lives were linked to Jesus the Anointed One of God and Redeemer of mankind from eternal death?
6. When Sarah Died Abraham Asked For Burial Land From The Descendants Of Ham – Africans/Black people
When Sarah died in Canaan, Abraham bought a piece of land for the burial of his wife from the Canaanites, the descendants of Ham.
The Bible in Genesis 23 reads, “Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. She died at Kiriath Arba (that is Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.
Then Abraham rose from beside his dead wife and spoke to the Hittites. He said, ‘I am an alien and a stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.’
7. The Hittites Answer Abraham About The Grave For His Wife
The Hittites (descendants of Canaan and Ham) replied to Abraham, “Sir, Listen to us. You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs. None of us will refuse you his tomb for burying your dead.’”
8. Abraham Appreciating African Magnanimity
Then Abraham rose and bowed down before the people of the land, the Hittites. He said to them, ‘If you are willing to bury my dead, then listen to me to intercede with Ephron son of Zohar on my behalf so he will sell me the cave of Machpelah, which belongs to him and is at the end of his field. Ask him to sell me for the full price as a burial site among you.’
Ephron the Hittite was sitting among his people and he replied to Abraham in the hearing of all the Hittites who had come to the gate of his city. ‘No, my lord,’ he said. ‘Listen to me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. I give it to you in the presence of my people. Bury your dead.’” (Genesis 23:1-17)
“So Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre – both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field – was transferred to Abraham as his property in the presence of Hittites who had come to the gate of the city.
Afterward Abraham buried his wife Sarah in the cave in the field of Machpelah near Mamre…in the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 23:17-19)
These Canaanites, these descendants of Ham, these Black people, these Africans were used of God to provide the grave for Abraham’s wife and they gave it free. Sarah and Abraham are buried in the land that was given to them by Africans. This was great honour for these people. The Canaanites themselves acknowledged this honour when they said:
“You are a mighty prince among us. Bury your dead in the choicest of our tombs.”
9. A University Professor Speaks On Sarah’s Burial Among Canaanites – the descendants of Ham
Commenting on Sarah’s death and burial, Prof. Cain Hope Felder has remarked, “In Abraham’s search for a place of burial for his wife Sarah, he went to Ephron the Hittite (son of Canaan, an original African inhabitant of the Land of Israel). He was received among the Hittite African people with great honour and respect, and Abraham, in turn gave respect to them. This encounter is illustrative of Abraham’s expert ability to endear and relate to the people of this region.”
10. Isaac Told A Lie And God Intervened Through An African King
When there was hunger in the land of Isaac the son of Abraham, an angel of God appeared to Isaac and told him not to go to Mizraim/Kemet (ancient Egypt). This whole story is recorded in Genesis 26:1-11.
Isaac came to the land of Gerar. This country was ruled by Abimelech, an African. The men of this land asked him of his wife. “He said, she is my sister, for he feared to say she is my wife, lest, said he, the men of the place should kill me for Rebekah; because she was beautiful to look upon.
It came to pass, when he [Isaac] had been there for a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked out of the window, and saw, and, behold, Isaac was sporting with Rebekah his wife.
And Abimelech called Isaac and said, behold, of a surety she is your wife: and how you said, she is my sister. Isaac said to him, because I said, Lest, I die for her.
And Abimelech said, ‘What is this you have done to us? One of the men might lightly have slept with your wife, and you should have brought sin upon us. Abimelech ordered all his people, saying, he that touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
The fear of God among Africans/Black people did not come with practitioners of the slave trade in other human beings or with the coming of the architects of the Berlin Conference through which African countries and riches were stolen by seven European countries.
11. God Used Africa To Preserve Jacob The Grandson Of Abraham In Africa
Joseph the son of Jacob and grandson of Abraham was preserved in Africa. But God also blessed Africa through him. The Pharaoh had two dreams. He could not understand the meaning of these dreams. Read what sort of dreams this African ruler had in Genesis 41:1-24. Joseph interpreted these dreams to the complete satisfaction of Pharaoh. Read the interpretation of these dreams by Joseph in Genesis 41:25-36.
The dream was good in the eyes of Pharaoh. He said to his officials, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom the spirit of God is?” (Genesis 41:38)
The African nation of Mizraim/Kemet (ancient Egypt) was thus saved from starvation. Several nations out of Africa also came to Africa to buy food. They included Jacob the father of Joseph, the interpreter of Pharaoh’s dreams. (Genesis 42:1-5)
Eventually Jacob came to Mizraim (ancient Egypt). His son Joseph married Asenath, a daughter of an African priest Potipherah. The African ruler, Pharaoh himself in appreciation of Joseph’s interpretation of his dreams said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand and foot in all Egypt [Kemet/Mizraim].”
Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphnath-paanea; and he gave him Asenath daughter of Potipherah, priest of On [also called Heliopolis] to be his wife (Genesis 41:44-45).
12. Joseph’s Sons Manasseh And Ephraim Were Born In Africa
Asenath bore two sons for Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim. These children were born in Africa, brought up in Africa. Through Manasseh’s son Judah, a grandchild of Jacob and great grandchild of Abraham; the world was blessed because Jesus Christ as Saviour came to this world as a human being through the family of Judah. This point will be expounded upon later in this discussion.
13. God Used An African To Save The Life Of His Prophet Jeremiah
The Bible says, “But Ebed-Melech, a Cushite [African], an official in the royal palace heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the King sitting in the Benjamin Gate, Ebed-Melech went out of the palace and said to him, ‘My lord king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into the cistern, where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread in the city.’
Then the king commanded Ebed-Melech the Cushite (African), ‘Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies.’” (Jeremiah 38:7-10).
This is how God used this African man to rescue His prophet. The acts of these Africans show the high standard of morality that prevailed among them before slavery, colonialism and racism were inflicted upon Africa and her people. Africans call this kind of their behaviour Ubuntu/Botho.
It is not easy to translate this concept of African philosophy, into any European language. The closest hint to its meaning is: humanness, humanity to others doing to other people as you would they do to you.
14. God Used Africa And Africans To Preserve Ancient Jews
The history of ancient Jews began in the land of Ham. The Bible affirms this fact. Psalm 105:23 reads, “Israel also came into Egypt (Mizraim)…in the land of Ham.” They were 66 people when they entered Africa. They did not include Joseph, his wife Asenath and their two sons Manasseh and Ephraim who were already in Egypt – and were born in Mizraim, except Joseph.
When they left Africa, they were numbering six hundred thousand people. This is over half a million. They had lived in Africa for 430 years. Much has been said about how they were oppressed by Africans in Egypt, yet the Bible says this oppression was under a Pharaoh who did not know Joseph.
Of course, some of those who succeeded feared the numbers of the Jews that might overwhelm the indigenous population and take over the land of Africans with devastating consequences for Africans. In modern times it is known how the extermination the indigenous people occurred in Australia, Canada, America and to Khoisan people in South Africa.
Some Western historians have gone so far as to write that, the Jews in Mizraim/Kemet were used as salves to build the Pyramids.Yet these Pyramids were built long before the arrival of the Jews in Mizraim (ancient Egypt). Bible history shows that whatever may have happened to the Jews under oppressing Pharaoh/pharaohs; that was not what the Jews had generally experienced for 430 years which they lived in Mizraim (Kemet).
In fact, when Jacob arrived in Mizraim with his family of 66 people, the African ruler, the Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land….Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, Pharaoh asked him, ‘How old are you’?” (Genesis 47:5, 6)
Surely, this is not the type of treatment the Jews experienced with Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler and have had under other regimes in Europe, especially. The indisputable fact is that the ancient Jews came to Africa by God’s divine will and for God’s divine purpose.
Africans interacted and mingled together. They have had blood ties through marriages. May this not be the reason Prophet Amos was commanded to write,“…the LORD is His name. Are not you Israelites the same as the Kushites?” (Amos 7:9 New International Version)
Are you not as children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel?” (King James Version)
15. God Entrusted Jesus’ Earthly Life With Africa
When Jesus was born His life was threatened. King Herod desperately wanted to see baby Jesus – the Redeemer of mankind killed. God’s angel appeared to Joseph and Mary – the earthly parents of Jesus. God demonstrated His trust in Africa and Africans. He entrusted the safety of His Son Jesus with Africa. He commanded his angel to tell Joseph and Mary: “Get up. Take the child to Mizraim (ancient Egypt) in Africa. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him (Matt. 2:13-16)
Joseph and Mary obeyed God’s command. They came to live in Africa until Herod’s death. Here in Africa Jesus as a little boy played with little African boys. He ate African food. He drank milk from the cows of Africa. He drank and washed with water from the longest African river in the world, the Nile.
When Herod was dead, Joseph and Mary and their child in human form, returned to their country. This was in fulfilment of God’s promise to Prophet Hosea, “Out of Mizraim/Kemet [ancient Egypt in Africa, Alkebu-Lan] I called my Son.” (Hosea 11:1)
16. An African At The Cross Of Jesus’ Crucifixion
From Africa Jesus Christ fulfilled His mission of redeeming mankind from sin and eternal death. He died in Palestine as God’s Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (John 1:29; Rev.13:8). God’s use of Africa and Africans in His divine plans has never been an accidental and irregular affair. God has done it routinely.
Mark an apostle of Jesus has written, “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.” (Mark 15:21)
“This crucifixion scene,” writes an African student of Bible history, Fares Muganda, “provides another reason for God’s interest in the people of Africa. Jesus was forced to carry the cross on which He would be crucified. But, burdened with the tremendous load of the world’s sin, weakened by scourging and during a night without rest, Jesus was unable to bear its weight. Nobody offered to help him.
Some people taunted Jesus because he could not carry the cross. He staggered and fell to the ground. But in the crisis, God had a plan. A man from Africa would have the honour of carrying the cross to Calvary for the Son of God! Simon of Cyrene was coming in from the country. He met the crowd. He heard the mockery. His soul was stirred and his sympathy aroused.
The Roman soldiers noticed him standing there, so they seized him, and placed the heavy cross on his shoulders.”(Signs Of The Times March 1971)
Indeed, the first person to touch the holy sin-cleansing blood of Jesus Christ in this world was an African. That was Simon. A then unknown African person came from the City of Cyrene in an African country named Phut after the fourth son of Ham. This African man, this Black man has emerged in history by God’s grace as a unique personality.
The enemies of Jesus seized and forced him to carry the cross of Jesus Christ. He has become unique because to this day he is the only person who is vividly remembered to have been around Jesus crucifixion place at that dark hour when even Jesus’ apostles themselves had fled and deserted Him. This is the grace of God shown towards Africa and Africans throughout the human history even in their darkest times from outside evil forces.
Indeed, as an African American theologian has remarked, “One can only speculate why this African was selected to assist Jesus along ‘the way of sorrows’ (‘via dolorosa’).
17. African Presence On The Day Of Pentecost
Before He died and rose from the dead, Jesus made a promise to those who trusted in Him for their eternal salvation. He said, “And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever….But the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever, I have said to you.” (Matthew 14:25-26)
After His resurrection from the dead, and just before He ascended to heaven Jesus told His apostles, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
On the day God sent the Holy Spirit to this world – the Day of Pentecost – Africans were present at this glorious historic event (Acts 2:9-11). There was a large number of Africans from Africa and Mesopotamia– the descendants of Ham. Elamites are Africans, Mesopotamians are Africans, people from Mizraim/Kemet (ancient Egypt) in Africa, and parts of the city of Cyrene in Phut in North East Africa were present together with those from other parts of the world such as Parthians, Medes, Judea, Cappodocia in Pontus and Asia – Phrygia and Pamphylia.
Commenting on this passage, Prof. Cain Hope Felder writes, “The Pentecost narrative takes a surprising turn for modern readers at this point for these verses attest to the presence in Jerusalem of Diaspora Jews from Mesopotamia and Africa. Indeed, the physiognomy of the Elamites of Mesopotamian archaeological reliefs shows them to have been a dark-skinned people with hair of tight curls.
The modern academy has unfortunately zealously sought to ‘whitewash’ all inhabitants of the ancient ‘Near East’ in the vicinity of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
Likewise, European and Euro-American scholarship have summarily excised (erased) North Africa from ‘Black’ Africa….Modern racial bias against Blacks, in recent centuries in the West, has tainted historical accuracy in much of biblical scholarship with respect to the participation of Blacks in the ancient biblical record of the saving history.”

18. Africans Participated In Naming Of Christians
It is humbling before God to discover how much attention God has paid to Africa and Africans, despite many attempts by some Western European historians and theologians to remove Africa and Africans from the Bible.
An African American theologian Cain Hope Felder Ph.D., Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature at Howard University, has commented on the racial pluralism of the early church in Antioch Syria mentioned in Acts 11:26. He observes:
“In this passage we catch a glimpse of the racial and ethnic make-up of the religious leadership within the first Christian church and it is remarkably diverse with full African participation. Two persons of Africa are mentioned, namely Simon who was called ‘Niger’ (a Latinism for the Black man) and Lucius who came from an African country in North East Africa” [which was anciently called Phut after the third son of Ham].
Prof. Felder concludes with an interesting point. It is the church in Antioch where these two Africans formed part of the leadership that the first use of the term “Christians” for followers of Jesus Christ was adopted. Before then, “those in the church in Jerusalem and the mission field were called either “Nazoreans” or “the people of the way.”

19. An African Queen that Jesus Christ Praised
Queen Sheba was known also as the “Queen of the South.” She was a Hamitic Shemite. The Bible says she feared God and loved wisdom and knowledge. She visited King Solomon of the ancient Jews to learn more about God (1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12). Speaking about this African Queen, Jesus Christ said:
“The Queen of the South shall rise up in the judgement day with this generation, and shall condemn it: because she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold a greater than Solomon is here.” (Matt 12:42)
20. Jesus Commended Canaanites In Nineveh For Their Repentance From Sin
In Genesis 10 Table of Nations, Nimrod a son of Canaan is associated with the Northern Mesopotamian region. It is located in Nineveh. The people of Nineveh were descendants of Ham. They were Africans. Jesus Christ referred to them in Matthew 12:41.
Complementing them He said, “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” (Matthew (12:42)
21. How One Of The Earliest Christians In The World Was Converted To Jesus Christ
One of the earliest persons to be dramatically converted to Jesus Christ in the very early first century of the preaching of the Christian faith was an African Minister of Finance in Kush (ancient Ethiopia), in Africa. When he was reading the book of Prophet Isaiah chapter 53:6-12, he came across these words:
“We all like sheep, have gone astray, each has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers, is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgement he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
After Philip an apostle of Jesus Christ explained this passage to this African. This son of the African soil accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. The full story is Acts 8:26-39)
An additional interesting point in this passage in Isaiah is that this African was reading. This is way back in the early century A.D. This confirms African history that writing was invented in Africa way back in 3000 B.C. Moses himself was able to write the first five books of the Bible because he had been taught how to read and write in Mizraim/Kemet in Africa.
22. God Has Shown Great Interest In Africa
Africa is anciently called by many names. Some of them are Mizraim/Egypt or Kush /Ethiopia and Alkebu-Lan.
God has never forgotten Africa, no matter how dark things were – the inhuman barbarism of slavery, colonial terrorism, land dispossession of Africans, racism and all kinds of atrocities inflicted upon Africa and her people failed to annihilate them. God gave Africans resilience to survive the longest holocaust in world history, inflicted upon them by the depraved forces of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, racism and stealing of African countries and riches at gunpoint.
Despite these inhuman atrocities, a portion of the Chaldean version of the book of Genesis reads, “The word of the Lord [God] will never fail in the mouth of the dark races that He made.” Chaldeans are the descendants of Ham. They are Africans.
In the Book of Psalm 68:31, it is prophesised: “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall stretch out her hands to God.” (Kings James Version)
“Envoys will come from Egypt (Mizraim) Kush (ancient Ethiopia –(Africa) will submit herself to God.” (New International Version) Africa – Alkebu-Lan has sometimes been referred to as Mizraim or Kush. Kush was the first son of Ham. His name means black. He is the father of the ancient Egyptian civilisation. Egyptian civilisation spread from the South.
In fact, the earliest pyramids were built in the South before they were built in Mizraim (ancient Egypt). The largest number of Pyramids is in Kush. The sphinxes are found in Kush as well as the earliest writing. The second son of Ham was called Mizraim. His name means fortresses.
23. Simon the Canaanite Mentioned Among Jesus’ Apostles
Jesus’ twelve apostles are mentioned in Matthew 10:1-4.There is one who is singled out as a Canaanite. Canaanites were the descendants of Canaan, the fourth son of Ham according to the Bible. They are Africans. This apostle is singled out as “Simon the Canaanite.”
Some Western writers have argued that Jesus called him a “Canaanite”, but he was really a Jew! Why was he alone singled out as a Canaanite if he was a “Jew” among Jews?
In Matthew 15:22 there is another Canaanite that Jesus praised for her faith. She was a Canaanite woman. Her daughter was very sick. She desperately asked Jesus to heal her. At first, Jesus refused to help her. But this Canaanite woman knelt before Him and said, “Lord help me…even the dogs eat crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” (Matthew 15: 25, 26)
Then Jesus answered, “Woman you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:28)
Of course, it is important to know that anciently, to be a “Jew” did not refer to “race” or “nationality.” It was a religious identity. It is like in Christianity today. Christians are not a “race,” a “nation,” or a “nationality.” Christianity is their spiritual identity. This could also be said of African Traditional Religion/Spirituality.
24. Jesus Must Not Be Given A Wrong Skin Colour
Jesus in his human form in this world was not “white” nor was he a “European.” This is confirmed by many reputable and prominent early historians such as the first century Jewish historian, Flavious Josephus. He lived in Galilee. He described Jesus as “Man of plain looks, extremely learned and full of vigour with a dark skin.” (For more information see A “WHITE” JESUS IS FALSE HISTORY AND HERESY, ISBN 078-1-919815-16-9 Published by Tokoloho Development Association, P.0 Box 5440, Benoni, Gauteng Province South Africa)
25. Jesus Christ Is Conqueror Of The Grave And Death
Jesus Christ has returned to His divine glory. He has retaken His heavenly divine nature. He now “is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him.” (1 Peter 3:22)
He should not be presented in human images of any skin colour in this world. These images defile and corrupt God’s glory. They confuse and blind many people and hinder them from coming to the true saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
Jesus taught that “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
He is Himself now a Spirit. Just before He was to die, rise from the dead and ascend to heaven, He said:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:1-5)
26. Apostle John In Revelation Affirmed The Deity of Jesus Christ
The Apostle John on the Island of Patmos affirmed the glory and deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed him to tell this world, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, Says, the Lord God who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rev.1:8)
In the vision which Jesus Christ gave to him, John writes, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.
They were wearing white robes….they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9, 14)
God did not discriminate when He created all human beings in His image. He did not discriminate against any people when He provided eternal life for mankind through His Son Jesus in human form. That is why there are African Bible characters in the Bible. The black colour of these characters came from God.
Those who think God was a “fool” when He created this black colour in human beings, must go and lay their complaint to God when they die. The African Film in the Bible is an eternal reality and truth. No centuries of distortions can destroy The African Film In The Bible.
(Dr. Motsoko Pheko is a political scientist, historian, lawyer, theologian and author of several books and articles published nationally and internationally. He is a former representative of the victims of apartheid at the United Nations in New York and at Commission on Human Rights in Geneva as well as a former Member of the South African Parliament).

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