One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many different theories there are in regards to what happened to the lost tribes of Israel. What makes the difference is the context, sprinkled here and there throughout every ICGJC presentation: Jacob's descendants, the Jews, were black. The late Miami-based Black Israelite leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh (or God, son of God) was convicted in 1990 on federal racketeering charges related to his ordering the murder of some 14 people.
It is amazing to me that modern Christian scholars just presume the so-called "Hebrew" language of the Old Testament to be the native language of ancient Israelites without any more proof than the mere claim of Jews, whom Jesus called "liars" as he told them their father was not God, but the devil.
If you live in a major American city, you may have encountered a variation of the scene I witnessed: men who look like they've wandered off the set of an all-African American production of Jesus Christ Superstar, soapboxing on the street corner to puzzled passersby.
Israelite or not in order to accept the god of the first testament you have to follow his rules, which says you have to pay tenth of all the money you earn to the poor and keep shabbath, wear tzizit and pray 3 times a day facing jerusalem as he asked for.
Hebrew Israelites believe righteousness is achieved by law keeping. Then Moses picks up his staff, leads them out and they—the Jews—settle in Canaan, forming the 12 tribes of Israel. Furthermore, the claim that all African Americans are Hebrews ignores the historical and scientifically verifiable fact that African slaves were brought from a multitude of diverse countries in Africa.
Many Hebrew Israelites migrated to West Africa where they, once again, were carried away captive - prophecy this time by Europeans on slave ships - to the Americas along with other African tribes people. They, like most, assume all Israelites would have to he a short, dark-skinned, broad-headed people like most of the Ashkenazic Jews.
Hey I respect African culture too, so perhaps I should claim I am the "real" black people. But as far as the hebrew israelites are concerned, i have no idea what they preach. Some say the curses and blessings apply to born again people of God as well whether or not they're Israelites—that I don't know.
Israel is north east Africa, it borders Egypt. Though this may seem to confirm the Hebrew Israelites' claim, it implies only that those who can trace their heritage to the Lemba are likely ethnically Jewish. As Jews, the Khazars then left the European nations in 1948 and settled the fledgling, new nation of Israel.
Since 2000, when the prophecy of a key leader failed to materialize (he predicted Christ would return to Earth at the dawn of the new millennium to wreak bloody vengeance on white people), the rhetoric of extremist Hebrew Israelites sects has been steadily heating up, with increasing talk of an impending apocalypse and God-ordained race war.
In a social and political climate that has produced the Black Lives Matter” movement, to witness a rapper of Kendrick Lamar's status eschewing Black” in favor of Israelite” would seem to be a rejection of the current political ethos. The history of the so-called "Negro" and West Indian in the Americas and the Caribbean is the exact fulfillment of the ancient prophecy of punishment, if they did not obey the Creator.